Rapist gets 20 years for 'nightmare' attack of stranger
A 21-year-old man will spend the next two decades in prison after he was convicted of raping, kidnapping, abusing and robbing a random stranger he had followed off a TriMet bus.
Gary Wayne Streeter-Hillerich was already on supervised release from the Oregon Youth Authority for a charge of sex abuse when he attacked the woman on Oct. 15, 2017, according to court documents.
"The state's view on this 20 year sentence reflects the horrific nature of this case," said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Todd Jackson in court. "This case presents what can be described as a worst nightmare situation."
The violent attack occurred near the corner of Southeast 7th Avenue and Grand Street in Portland. The woman had boarded the bus in downtown Portland during the evening hours, and was let off near Southeast 7th and Division after missing her stop.
Streeter-Hillerich exited at the same time.
He grabbed her by the mouth and throat, prosecutors proved, pushed her into some bushes and hit her head against a concrete wall when she said she didn't have any money. He also threatened to stab her if she called for help.
"Following the rape, he went through her purse, took her phone and said 'Wait here for five minutes. Don't call the police because if you do, I'll hurt you,'" Jackson said in court. "Shortly thereafter, she emerged from the bushes, disheveled, debris in her hair, and completely traumatized."
Surveillance video taken onboard the TriMet bus allowed police to rapidly circulate images of Streeter-Hillerich. He was recognized almost immediately by two parole officers and was subsequently arrested "without incident" on Nov. 2.
Forensic testing confirmed that Streeter-Hillerich's DNA was present on the victim in multiple locations.
When released, he will be required to register as a sex offender and stay on supervised parole for 11.5 years.