Police: Man chased woman, grabbed teen girl at Beaverton park - KPTV - FOX 12

Police: Man chased woman, grabbed teen girl at Beaverton park

Posted: Updated: Feb 09, 2016 03:35 PM
Dakota Michael Vernon, jail booking photo Dakota Michael Vernon, jail booking photo
BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

A witness stopped a man who ran up behind a teen girl and grabbed her at a Beaverton park, according to police.

Officers responded to Powerline Park near Southwest 160th and Davis Road at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on a possible sex abuse report.

A 15-year-old girl told police she was walking on the path when a man grabbed her back side and grabbed her around the waist.

She was able to push the man away and run up the path. The girl told officers she had seen the suspect and had a bad feeling about him, but felt safe because there were other people on the path.

A witness told police he saw the suspect run up behind the girl and grab her, as if he was trying to take her to the ground. Police said the man confronted the suspect and detained him until officers arrived.

Dakota Michael Vernon, 23, of Beaverton, was arrested and booked in the Washington County Jail.

Officers were contacted by a woman who said a man, believed to be Vernon, tried to grab her about 30 minutes earlier in the same area of the park.

The woman said she was walking in the park and saw Vernon standing in the grass with a strange look on his face.

As she passed him, she heard footsteps behind her. Police said when she turned around, the man was one to two feet behind her. She yelled at him and then ran away.

A 14-year-old girl also reported a suspicious man in the same area the day prior and investigators believe that man was Vernon.

The Beaverton Police Department is concerned there might be more victims of unwanted physical contact from Vernon. Anyone with information about similar incidents is asked to call police at 503-629-0111.

Vernon has no previous criminal record. He was arraigned in court Monday on the charge of first-degree attempted rape. His bail was set at $20,000. 

In November, the case was dismissed by a judge without prejudice, meaning it could be tried again at a later date. 

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