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Man arrested for attempted murder, assault, attempted rape

Convicted sex offender accused of attacking woman near Multnomah Channel dike


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Micah Leroy BillsMicah Leroy Bills, 32, was arrested on numerous charges and lodged in the Columbia County Jail Monday after allegedly running his vehicle into a woman on Wikstrom Road near Highway 30 near Scappoose.

Police reported Bills also threatened the woman with a weapon before hitting her with his car.

A Scappoose resident placed a 911 call late Sunday night, reporting the incident.

Scappoose Police Chief Douglas Grieson said Bills turned himself in.

“He came to the police department and waited here until the sheriff’s office showed up,” Greisen said.

Undersheriff Andy Moyer initially said the Sheriff’s Office tracked Bills down Monday and arrested him late that morning.

Bills, a registered sex offender with three children, is being charged with attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree attempted kidnapping, fourth-degree assault, three counts of first-degree attempted assault, first degree attempted rape, coercion, menacing, four counts of unlawful use of a weapon and delivery and possession of cocaine.

Columbia County District Attorney Stephen Atchison said Bills’ bail has been set at $500,000. Atchison added that a court date would not be held until a minimum of six months.

Preliminary information indicates the woman met Bills Sunday evening while fishing along the Multnomah Channel dike. Police do not believe the two knew each other before the incident.

The woman, who is not being identified at this time, was transported to a hospital in Portland. The nature of her injuries will not be released, but they did not appear life-threatening, Moyer said.

Bills’ last known address is in St. Helens, but officials do not know where he had been living before the incident occurred.

Moyer said Bills’ sex-offender status originates from a 2007 felony conviction in Columbia County for attempted first-degree sex abuse. The initial charge in the case against Bills had been first-degree sex abuse, Moyer said.

Bills served a 10-day sentence for his conviction and was on placed on probation for 60 months, which he violated several times, according to Columbia County Circuit Court records.