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Police say two bystanders intervened when a woman was sexually assaulted on a MAX platform.


Two Beaverton men answered a Hillsboro woman's call for help after a 38-year-old Portland man allegedly sexually assaulted her on a Beaverton MAX light rail platform, according to the Beaverton Police Department.

Police say the woman was riding the train from Portland early in the morning on June 25 when William Gilchrist tried to speak to her. When she left the train, according to police, he followed her and later sexually assaulted her on a MAX platform in Beaverton.

Police say Gilchrist was armed with a razor blade.

Two men overheard the woman's pleas for help and ran to her aid, police say. Together, the two men were able to ward off Gilchrist and pull the woman to safety, according to police.

Gilchrist ran from the scene but police, assisted by K-9 Toa, ultimately located Gilchrist at the Nike campus near Southwest Murray Boulevard and Jenkins Road.

Gilchrist was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail.

The names of the men who reportedly assisted the alleged victim have not been released.

On July 2, Gilchrist was indicted on multiple charges, including unlawful sexual penetration, two counts of sexual abuse, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, attempted rape and strangulation. All charges are felonies except for the strangulation charge.

Gilchrist pleaded not guilty to all charges on July 6, court records show. He is set to stand trial on Aug. 24.

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