Clack. Co. woman fights off attacker in home


by Staff

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:41 AM

BEAVERCREEK, Ore. -- A Beavercreek woman fought off a man who broke into her home and attacked her Tuesday afternoon, and police have released a sketch of the suspect.

Deputies were called just after 1:30 p.m. to the report of an attack at a home near the Beavercreek Post Office, according to Sgt. Adam Phillips of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The victim said a man broke in and attacked her for no apparent reason, Phillips said. She told investigators he hit her on the head, but she was able to fight him off and he ran out her front door.

"The guy didn't steal anything. She doesn't know the guy, doesn't recognize him from the area," Phillips said. "She's really concerned for her safety and I think, rightly so."

The suspect was described a white man, 40 to 50 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 160 to 185 pounds. He had light brown and gray hair, a mustache and a beard. The victim worked with investigators to provide a composite sketch.

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The attempted rape has the rural Clackamas County community very shaken.  Neighbors posted flyers around the area displaying the police sketch and warning people to be on the lookout for the man behind this violent crime.

"A lot of people are just really upset that it happened in our community," said Kristina Holliday, who lives nearby.

"We have never even locked our house, I've lived there since 1976, even when we go away. But I think things are changing," another neighbor added.  "You've got a lot of nut cases, so what do you do? Try to protect yourself, protect your family and that is the best you can do."

"The only way to keep people like this off the street is for everybody to come together and get it done," said Jimmy Gutschwager, who was helping post the flyers.

Last September, police responded to a similar incident. In that case, a Beavercreek couple fought off an intruder who got in through an open door.

Police don't know if the cases are connected. They occurred miles apart. Either way, neighbors feel, one attack is too many.