Bystanders detain rape suspect fleeing from scene

A man suspected of breaking into an apartment and raping a woman was caught running away from the scene and held down by two men until officers arrived, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Police were called just after 7 p.m. Sunday to the report that the two men were detaining a burglary suspect on the MAX platform at 122nd Avenue and East Burnside Street. 

"Officers arrived in the area and took the suspect into custody, then learned that the suspect ran from a nearby residence after breaking in and sexually assaulting a young woman," said PPB spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

The suspect, 29-year-old Sean Leon Lacy Jr., was jailed on several charges including kidnapping, rape and burglary.

Simpson said due to the sensitive nature of the investigation, no additional information will be released.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the case is asked to call or email Detective Jason Christensen, 503-823-0894.

A message from the Portland Police Bureau:

Stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults fortunately are a rare occurrence.

The Portland Police Bureau collaborates with government agencies and community organizations that provide access to advocacy services to victims of sexual assaults.

A victim may be accompanied by a sexual assault advocate or other appropriate support person during the reporting process and/or criminal investigation.

Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3270.

Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women's Crisis Line): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. 24 hour crisis line: 503-235-5333, 1-888-235-5333, or https://calltosafety.org/

Project UNICA (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: 503-232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau Strength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about these programs, call 503-823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength

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