Portland dad finds suspect in daughter's rape


by KGW & Associated Press


Posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM

PORTLAND -- The father of a 13-year-old girl who said she was sexually assaulted in Southeast Portland's Lents neighborhood located the suspect for police.

KGW has learned that the suspect had just been released from jail on Friday after serving 10 days for a theft conviction.

Police said the girl was walking home Sunday afternoon when she was grabbed and pulled into a side yard and raped.

The victim told police the suspect held her down on the ground and pinned her against a fence so she could not move, according to court documents. When her cell phone rang, the man let her go and she ran home, she said.

Police arrested 21-year-old Sawsulien Bohannan for investigation of rape. He told investigators it was a consensual encounter and he thought the victim was older.

A couple walked by during the attack, according to court documents, but the suspect told them it was "Just a boyfriend, girlfriend thing."

After the girl ran home, her father went looking and found a man who matched the suspect's description.

Neighbor Patrick Butterfield said he watched as the victim identified the suspect, who was then arrested.

"They stood him right out in the middle of the road on the yellow lines," Butterfield recalled. "The cop went up to the car and put his head in the window and then he made a signal and then they cuffed him.”

Bohannan was put on suicide watch in jail Monday.  KGW did a search into his criminal history and found that he has been arrested 19 times on charges ranging from car theft to meth possession.


KGW reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.