Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Police say woman gave false report in sexual assault case

Portland police said Tuesday that a 22-year-old rape victim falsely told them the man who attacked her was a stranger.

Police said the woman told them that the Jan. 28 attack happened as the woman was walking past Grant High School on Northeast 36th Avenue.

She told police a man with light or tan skin in his 20s pulled up in his white or light colored Chevy Tahoe or Blazer SUV, got out and grabbed her. He then slammed her face into the side of the truck and dragged her to the north end of Grant Park and raped her.

But during an interview Tuesday, police said the woman admitted to falsely stating that the suspect was a stranger and that she provided a false suspect description to a forensic sketch artist.

Police said they have now withdrawn the sketch and CrimeStoppers is withdrawing its reward in the case. Police said they don’t believe the public is in any danger.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident and haven’t made any arrests. Police said they thoroughly investigate all reports of sexual assault.