August 16, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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A reported possible attempted abduction is now being investigated as an assault on an adult female walking with her 3-year old daughter in a wooded, back section at the southbound Interstate 5 Baldock Rest Area south of Wilsonville. There is no evidence to confirm this was an attempted abduction as originally reported. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation and search for the suspect in the alleged assault Friday afternoon.
On August 16, 2013 at approximately 5:00 p.m., a report was received regarding an unknown male suspect assaulting an adult female with a child. Officers from OSP, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Wilsonville Police Department, and Canby Police Department responded to the rest area. Entrance and exit ramps were blocked as officers, assisted by a K-9 unit on the ground and a Clackamas County airplane, searched the area where the suspect reportedly fled west.
The 33-year old Salem woman was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Her name, the exact nature of her injuries, and the name of the hospital are not released at this time. She is expected to remain hospitalized at least overnight.
The woman told an OSP detective that she stopped in Wilsonville on personal business and then went to the rest area for a brief stop. She said the front lot was very busy with many people so she pulled her passenger vehicle into the rear parking area where she and her daughter got out and went for a brief walk. As they entered the grassy, treed area she was suddenly struck from behind and knocked to the ground. She covered her daughter as the suspect struck her several times with an unknown hard object and then tried to strangle her.
For an unknown reason, the suspect stopped the assault and fled west. The victim got a brief look as the suspect ran away and described him as a white male, unknown age, approximately 5'10", and medium build. He was wearing faded, dirty dark pants and an unknown color short sleeve shirt. His hair from the back looked brown in color, cut above the collar.
The child was not hurt. A family member came and transported her from the scene.
Access to the rest area was closed about 90 minutes. ODOT and Oregon Travel Experience personnel were on scene to help as needed. General questions about Baldock Rest Area should be directed to Oregon Travel Experience.
No other information anticipated for release at this time. Updates will be provided as needed. OSP does not expect to release the victim's name this weekend.
Anyone at the rest area who may have witnessed this crime but didn't speak to OSP is asked to call the OSP Northern Command Center at 800-452-7888 (in Oregon) or 503-731-3030.
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