Court docs: Sex offender accused of kidnapping, sexually abusing woman in Columbia Gorge
BRIDAL VEIL, Ore. – A 61-year-old convicted sex offender is accused of kidnapping a stranger and sexually abusing her inside his car Tuesday night after offering to give her a ride home from a Portland convenience store, a probable cause document states.
The suspect, Douglas Braaten, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on two counts of kidnapping, unlawful sexual penetration, and sex abuse – all felony charges. He's being held on $1,000,000 bail.
According to court records, the woman was eating food at a 7-Eleven when a stranger honked at her and offered to give her a ride. She told police she initially declined, but eventually accepted the stranger’s requests.
The affidavit said the suspect passed by the place she asked to be dropped off, circled back as though he were going to drop her off, and passed it a second time before driving east on I-84 toward the Columbia Gorge.
The victim then texted 9-1-1 and gave the dispatcher details on where the suspect was driving.
He drove the woman to the Bridal Veil exit and pulled into a gravel parking lot. They started to fight and the suspect tried to hit her and grabbed her hair.
The court documents state that he then pulled down her pants and touched her in a private area.
The woman saw the lights of a passing patrol car so she kicked the car horn. Sheriff’s deputies approached the car and took Bratten into custody.
Braaten was initially booked on a felony charge of unlawful sexual penetration and a misdemeanor charge of prostitution, however he was later indicted on more charges.
Court records show that Braaten is registered as a sex offender in the state of Washington for a previous sex abuse conviction.
His first court appearance is scheduled for March 15.