CANNON BEACH, Ore. – A woman naked from the waist down ran to a Cannon Beach officer for help Thursday and said a man had just tried to rape her.
The officer quickly organized a manhunt and a K-9 team found the suspect hiding in tall grass near Highway 101. Deputies said William Fredrick Cox Jr., 61, of Warrenton, refused to follow orders so they had to release the K-9 to capture him.
The victim, a 37-year-old Seaside woman, told the officer that Cox had tried to rape and sodomize her.
After his capture, Cox was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries from the K-9 attack.
He was later moved to the Clatsop County Jail and charged with sodomy, attempted rape, unlawful sexual penetration, coercion and harassment.
Anyone with additional information that may help investigators was asked to contact Detective Ryan Humphrey at (503) 325-8635.