Sex assault suspect arrested
Tips from the public led to the arrest of a man suspected of assaulting a child in a restroom in Pioneer Place in downtown Portland.
Dontai D. Howe, 30, is charged with sodomy in the first degree and sex abuse in the first degree.
The arrest came shortly after the news media posted images of the suspect provided by police Thursday.
Portland Police Bureau Child Abuse Team Detectives received a number of tips from the public identifying the suspect. Officers located and arrested him in the 3300 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. Police say he confessed to the crimes in an interview with the detectives.
"Thanks to the local media for circulating the suspect photograph and to the public for the numerous tips identifying this suspect," said Chief Danielle Outlaw, "This is a great example of how we work together to hold accountable those who prey upon the most vulnerable."
According to police, the assault occurred at about 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, in a restroom at the Pioneer Place Mall, located at 340 SW Morrison Street.
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