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Portland police investigating incidents of women being grabbed by stranger

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In the span of two days, two women reported being grabbed by a stranger in separate incidents in different parts of Portland.

Police first responded to the 8400 block of North Central Street near the St. Johns Community Center at 8 p.m. Feb. 21.

A 25-year-old woman said she was walking her dog when she felt someone grab her backside and then reach around and grab at the front of her pants.

The woman said she swung her arms wildly and screamed as she pushed the attacker away.

"I wanted to turn around and meanwhile he started to touch me all over, he tried to pull down my pants and I turned around and started defend myself," said the woman who asked FOX 12 to remain anonymous. 

"I started to scream, but I couldn’t see his face. My dog ran up and he started to flash his teeth and jump on the guy, he wanted to bite the guy, and then the guy just took off," she added.

The man then ran through St. Johns City Park and out of sight. The woman told investigators that just prior to the attack, she saw a small silver Hyundai or Honda driving very slowly before turning onto a side street. She wasn't sure if the car and the suspect were connected.

The suspect is described as a man with darker-colored skin – the victim was unsure if he was black, Hispanic or just very tan, according to police – who is around 6'1" tall and 170 pounds wearing gray clothing described as clean.

At 8 p.m. Feb. 23, a woman reported a similar attack in southeast Portland.

The 33-year-old woman told police she was riding her bicycle near Southeast 36th Avenue and Clinton Street when she saw a man on the corner openly masturbating.

The woman said as she rode by, the man ran into the street and grabbed her buttocks. The victim yelled at the suspect and kept riding to get away. She said the man then ran southbound on Southeast 36th Avenue.

The suspect is described as a man who might be Middle Eastern, standing around 5'10" with a medium build and short, dark hair.

The two incidents occurred more than 10 miles apart and police have not determined if they are related.

Anyone with information, including neighborhood surveillance images of the suspect or suspects, is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

Anyone who sees this type of behavior is asked to immediately call 9-1-1 so that police can respond and take a report and search the neighborhood for the suspect.

To learn more information about the Portland Police Bureau Strength programs, providing free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops, call 503-823-0260 or go to PortlandOregon.com/Police

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