Portland, Oregon – A 55-year-old man is accused of sexually abusing two young girls inside Portland-area businesses. Authorities say Ricardo Garcia walked into a Goodwill Store near Northeast 122nd and Airport Way yesterday and sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl in the toy aisle. Police were later called to a similar report at a Safeway Store on Sandy Boulevard, involving a ten-year-old girl. Garcia’s neighbors spoke to Newspartner KGW.
Garcia faces two counts of first-degree sex abuse. Detectives worry there could be more victims.
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On Monday, July 9, 2018, North Precinct officers responded to the Goodwill, located at 5950 Northeast 122nd Avenue, and shortly afterwards to the Safeway, located at 6901 Northeast Sandy Boulevard. On both occasions, the officers responded to the report that an adult male had inappropriately touched a juvenile female in a sexual manner.
During the separate investigations, the officers gathered information from witnesses and victims. Based on the information gathered, the officers believed the incidents were perpetrated by the same suspect.
North Precinct officers contacted detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Family Service Division’s Child Abuse Team (CAT). Child Abuse Team detectives responded to assume the investigation. During the investigation, detectives learned of a possible residence of the suspect. Child Abuse Team detectives arrived in the 1900 block of Southwest River Drive and contacted the suspect and took him into custody without incident.
The suspect was identified as 55-year-old Ricardo Sanchez-Garcia. Sanchez Garcia was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on two counts of Sex Abuse in the First Degree.
Further investigation indicates that there may be additional victims. Anyone who may have been victimized by Sanchez-Garcia or has additional information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Stephen Gandy at 503-823-0185 or Stephen.Gandy@portlandoregon.
The Portland Police Bureau collaborates with government agencies and community organizations that provide access to advocacy services to victims of sexual assaults. A victim may be accompanied by a sexual assault advocate or other appropriate support person during the reporting process and/or criminal investigation.
Multnomah County Victims’ Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3270.
Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women’s Crisis Line): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. 24 hour crisis line: 503-235-5333, 1-888-235-5333, or https://calltosafety.org/
Project UNICA (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: 503-232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.
Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau Strength Programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area. To learn more information about these programs, call 503-823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/