Man accused of kidnapping, raping woman
A 27-year-old man faces a 12-count indictment for allegedly kidnapping, raping and sexually abusing a woman and then telling her she needed to make money for him by performing sex acts after the pair met on a dating application.
The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday, Nov. 26, that Mitchell Beckwith is facing two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of first-degree sexual abuse, strangulation, three counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of promoting prostitution and one count of compelling prostitution.
According to court documents, the investigation began on Nov. 17 when law enforcement responded to a home in the 4700 block of West Powell Boulevard in Gresham. Officers arrived and spoke with a woman who was "shaking and having trouble speaking." She told police a man named "Mike" raped her — later identified as Beckwith.
Officers learned that on Nov. 16, the victim had met up with a person she had met on a dating application about two days prior. The victim told police that Beckwith picked her up and drove her around. The two ultimately ended up at Rocky Butte in Portland, where the woman said Beckwith began touching her against her will.
Allegedly, despite pleas to stop, Beckwith continued to physically and sexually assault the woman.
According to court documents, Beckwith allegedly held his forearm across her throat, which prevented her from breathing. He allegedly grabbed a roll of duct tape when the victim began to scream.
The victim said after the alleged assault, Beckwith took both of her phones and put them in the vehicle's center console, and then told her she could only have them back if she brought him money. Once back at her home, the victim obtained the money and gave it to Beckwith. He then allegedly said he needed her to make him more money.
Court documents allege, in addition to the sex crimes, that Beckwith attempted to force and intimidate the victim to engage in sex acts so he could receive money.
While the woman was at the hospital receiving medical treatment, law enforcement learned Beckwith had returned to her apartment. Officers spoke with Beckwith, and arrested him after finding a roll of duct tape in his vehicle.
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