Police Seek Assistance Investigating Sexual Assault

6/5/2013 - Portland Police Department
109 Middle Street
Portland, Maine 04101
CONTACT: Asst. Chief Vern Malloch, 207-874-8548

June 4, 2013

Police Seek Assistance Investigating Sexual Assault

The Portland Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that occurred Monday, June 3rd around 10:20 in the morning. A 30-year-old woman was attacked when she returned to her car after jogging around Back Cove. The car was parked in the Preble Street lot. After the victim got inside her car she realized a man was in the passenger seat. She fought with him as the perpetrator sexually assaulted her. She eventually was able to sound the car horn, and the man left on foot. He is described as being white, heavy set and about 50 years old. He is balding, had poor hygiene, and may have tattoos on both forearms.

We believe there were several other people in the parking lot that may have witnessed part of the attack. Anyone with information is asked to contact us. If you were in the area, and particularly if you saw a man enter or exit the passenger side of a small red car, you are asked to call detectives immediately at 207-874-8575.

Police have begun increased patrols of this area. Drivers are urged to always lock their car and take the keys with them as they use the trail. When returning to your car, always check inside before entering and be mindful of individuals in the area or approaching.

To provide information anonymously, community members may contact us by text, internet, or phone.
• Mobile phone users can text the keyword “GOTCHA” plus their message to 274637 (CRIMES).
• Submit tips by going to the Portland Police Department website:
www.portland-police.com and clicking "Submit an Anonymous Crime Tip.”
• Anonymous phone tips can be left on the Department’s Crime Tip line: