UPDATE (July 9, 4 p.m.) -- SUSPECT SKETCHES, BULLETIN
Forensic sketches of two of the three teen suspects are now attached, as well as a bulletin. Police continue to seek tips.
As indicated in the attached bulletin, the three suspects are now described as follows:
- Suspect 1 is described as a white male, late teens, approximately 5'8" tall with chin-length brown hair.
- Suspect 2 is described as a white male, late teens, approximately 5'8" tall, with short spiked hair.
- Suspect 3 (no composite sketch) is described as a white male, late teens, approximately 5'10" tall and blonde hair.
Anyone who can help ID the suspects in this assault and robbery is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/tip . Please reference CCSO Case # 20-014116.
EARLIER (July 8, 8:02 p.m.) -- WILSONVILLE PD INVESTIGATES JULY 7 ASSAULT, ROBBERY AT BOONES FERRY PARK; POLICE SEEK TIPS TO ID THREE TEENS INVOLVED IN RIVERBANK ATTACK
Please reference CCSO Case # 20-014116
At approximately 5:47 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, deputies contracted to the Wilsonville Police Department responded to a welfare check at Boones Ferry Park (31240 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville).
The 911 caller told dispatchers they could see a person yelling for help along the riverbank across the river from Boones Ferry Boat Launch, which was in the vicinity of Boones Ferry Park.
Deputies arrived at Boones Ferry Park. With the help of a man swimming in the Willamette River, they located the subject approximately 100 feet down the shoreline. At the riverbank, deputies found the subject in the water along the shoreline, holding onto driftwood.
Once assisted out of the water, the 20-year-old victim told deputies they had been punched in the face and their iPhone had been stolen.
The victim told deputies about events leading to the assault. On the path to the river, the victim saw three male teenagers. The victim heard one of the teens call the victim a transgender slur, but ignored the comment and continued upriver.
While the victim was sitting on a log eating, one of the teenage males approached the victim and asked if they had any alcohol.
About 45 minutes later, the three teens approached the victim. One male reportedly punched the victim on the right side of the face, then in the nose, and possibly a third time. The victim then fell into the water and tried to swim away from the teen attackers.
One of the teens then stole the victim's iPhone 8.
The victim swam upstream about 100 feet and tried to make it back to shore, but got stuck in the mud, where deputies later contacted the victim. The victim was unable to get out of the water and said they lost one of their water socks. The victim told deputies they had been yelling for help for a couple of hours and were extremely cold.
Deputies were concerned about hypothermia and called for medical to respond to check out the victim, who also had injuries and abrasions to the face, arms and legs. American Medical Response responded to the scene to render aid.
Detectives are currently talking to the victim, who identifies as transgender. An appointment has been scheduled tomorrow (Thursday, July 9) with a forensic sketch artist to obtain a sketch of the suspects.
The three male suspects in the assault and robbery are currently described as follows -- more info (including suspect sketches) will be released as available:
Teen male, approximately 5'8" tall with short, shaggy brown hair.
Teen male, approximately 5'8" tall with longer, chin-length brown hair. Believed to be the suspect who punched the victim in the face.
Teen male, approximately 5'10" tall with blonde hair.
After assessment by AMR paramedics, the victim declined a hospital visit and was given a ride home by a Wilsonville deputy. The victim is now cooperating with detectives, who are seeking tips from the public.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/tip . Please reference CCSO Case # 20-014116.
NOTE TO MEDIA: The victim is asking for privacy at this time, does not want to be identified, and does not want to speak with media.
Three Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley, Estacada and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.