Man accused of violent rape in SE Portland held on nearly $2M bond
A 21-year-old man accused of violently raping a woman in Southeast Portland last month is being held behind bars on a bond of nearly $2 million.
According to court documents obtained by KATU News, the victim was found surrounded by people trying to calm her down after the incident around 9:30 p.m. at SE 7th Avenue and Grant Street.
Police say she boarded TriMet bus #4 in downtown Portland earlier in the evening and had intended to get off at SE 7th and Grant but missed her stop. The bus driver then dropped her off about a block south of Grant Street, and a man who was already on the bus followed her off.
She told police that man grabbed her from behind, pushed her into a wall and demanded money. When she said she didn't have any, he pushed her into a grassy area, and slammed her head against a concrete wall.
He threatened to stab her if "she made too much noise." He then proceeded to sexually assault her, and she pretended to have an asthma attack to get him to stop, documents say. He momentarily stopped, but then continued sexually assaulting her.
When he was done, police say he took her iPhone and ran. People walking by in the area spotted the victim, helped her, and called police.
Detectives used surveillance video from the bus to identify the suspect, whose photo was distributed to other law enforcement officials.
The suspect was identified as Gary Wayne Streeter-Hillerich by his probation officer. He was arrested Nov. 2 and charged with rape, sodomy, two counts of sex abuse, two counts of kidnapping, assault, and two counts of robbery.
Portland Police say they didn't release surveillance images of the suspect to the public in fear of him leaving Portland.
"It creates a great level of fear in the community when something like that happens," Sgt. Chris Burley with Portland Police said. "Putting this person's picture out in public could have caused him to flee the area. The bureau takes any kind of assault extremely seriously."