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"Unwanted kisser" suspect found and arrested

by: MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Police identified and arrested 44-year-old Jerry Johnson in the rash of unwanted advances towards women at OMSI and nearby in mid-July.Since July 12, a man appearing as a security guard has been stalking women in the Inner Southeast Portland area. The subject was seen driving a van, with a crudely-printed sign the spelled out “SECURITY” taped to the side.

The first incident occurred on Saturday, July 12th, at approximately 3 pm, when the man approached a volunteer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). He allegedly made suggestive comments to her, and attempted to hug her and kiss her while she was trying to pull herself away from him.

Then, at 7 pm the same day, a second woman reported that she left work at OMSI and was walking to the streetcar. “She saw a dark-colored security van parked in the OMSI lot, with a security guard lingering by the vehicle,” said Portland Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“The victim told police that it seemed obvious that the man was a security guard but she was certain he did not work at OMSI,” Simpson said. The victim told police she thought it was odd that a security guard would suggest an intimate rendezvous while he was on duty. “The victim continued walking, and the man did not follow her,” Simpson said.

At about 9 pm that same evening, in the Brooklyn neighborhood at S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Powell Boulevard, a third victim told police she was driving northbound on Milwaukie, and stopped in the left turn lane for westbound Powell Boulevard.

“The victim said the suspect pulled up to the light on the right side of her vehicle and engaged her in conversation – asking her if she was interested in ‘hooking up’,” Simpson reported. “The victim told police that she politely declined, the light turned green, and she drove away.

The fourth reported incident took place on July 14, at S.E. Clinton Street and Milwaukie Avenue. “The reporting party described being approached by the suspect, asking her to pull down a side street,” Simpson said. “She declined the offer.” On Friday July 18, 2014, at 11:12 pm, Central Precinct officers arrested 44-year-old Jerry Johnson after detectives from the Portland Police Sex Crimes Unit determined that he was the suspect “who kissed a woman at OMSI and approached other women there and nearby”.

Officers arrested him at his home in the 2600 block of N.W. Upshur Street, and transported him to the Detective Division.

Detectives learned that Johnson had indeed been working as a security guard, but that he had quit his job on the previous day, due to the intense public scrutiny on the case.

Johnson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of “Sex Abuse in the Third Degree”, but was released under Pre-Trial Supervision the day he was arrested. He was to be arraigned the following Monday.

Sgt. Pete Simpson told the media that “the Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the public for sharing information about this case, and coming forward with information that assisted in identifying Johnson.”