Portland police say they have arrested a man who allegedly broke into a woman’s home and exposed himself to her while high on methamphetamine.
Marques Seville Hardges, 43, followed the woman into an elevator at her northeast Portland apartment on July 31 and told her he had “just shot up crystal meth,” court documents state.
The man exited the elevator on the same floor as the woman and, when she opened her door, ran up and pushed her inside.
The woman told police the man “wildly looked around” her apartment, grabbed a pill bottle and $60 cash and then exposed himself to her.
According to court documents, the woman then pulled out a concealed handgun from her purse.
“The gun wasn't the first thing that came to my mind...it was how am I going to get out of here," Kim, who declined to share her last name, said. “I was in a sheer panic, I was just in a panic."
The man dropped the bottle and ran out of the apartment with the $60 cash.
"He saw it and ran," Kim said.
The woman told police that at the time of the alleged crime, a visitor she was expecting arrived and buzzed her intercom.
The visitor took photos of Hardges leaving the complex and shared them with local law enforcement, who say they recognized Hardges from multiple other recent incidents.
"I’ve had a real hard time since then, struggling with because it brings back horrible memories for me," Kim said.
Unfortunately, she says this isn’t her first time dealing with sexual assault.
"There must be someplace inside me that's just not going to let that happen again," Kim said.
Now, she hopes everyone remembers to never let strangers inside.
"We need to look out for our neighbors, there’s a reason we live in a building that has security," Kim said.
TriMet officers spotted Hardges at Southeast Boulevard and Southeast Taylor Street Aug. 14 and arrested him. He faces sodomy, attempted sex abuse, theft and burglary charges.
There is a sign now posted at her apartment complex asking people to keep the door shut.
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