Police seek victims of man who allegedly assaulted girls
Portland police are looking for additional victims of a 55-year-old man who allegedly assaulted multiple girls Monday in Portland.
Detectives yesterday arrested Ricardo Sanchez-Garcia late Monday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree sex abuse, which is a felony.
The case began in the afternoon with 911 calls from two nearby stores, the Goodwill at 5950 Northeast 122nd Avenue, and the Safeway at 6901 Northeast 122nd Avenue. At each location, officers from North Precinct were told of a man grabbing or touching a child inappropriately.
At Goodwill, an employee called after a customer reported a man molesting a roughly 9-year-old girl in the toy aisle. On video, staff saw the man following children in the story in a "predatory fashion," according to an affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court. The customer followed the alleged perpetrator and got the license plate number of his Jeep Cherokee. Staff also told police of a similar incident that occurred in March.
At Safeway, it was reported that a man wearing a purple shirt with white lettering had asked a 10-year-old girl for help getting a wine bottle. When she said yes, he grabbed her while molesting her, before putting her down and running out of the store.
Detectives responding from the Portland Police Bureau's Child Abuse Team tracked down the license plate of the Cherokee. They arrested Sanchez-Garcia in the 1900 block of Southwest River Drive. According to the court affidavit, he first claimed the contact was inadvertent, then admitted to touching the girls sexually.
The bureau notes that victims may be accompanied by a sexual assault advocate or other person to provide support when reporting. Resources include:
• Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: 503-988-3270.
• Project UNICA (Proyecto UNICA): advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: 503-232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.
• Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women's Crisis Line) 24 hour crisis line: 503-235-5333, 1-888-235-5333, or https://calltosafety.org/