August 2, 2013 Portland Oregon – Two men are accused of sexually abusing two homeless women within an hour on the same night.
Detectives are concerned there are more victims of Bobby Alsup III, 20, and Bradley Ritmiller, 21.
The investigation began June 18. A 27-year-old woman said she met the two suspects earlier that day and was sexually assaulted by them that night. Detectives said the same two men sexually assaulted a 44-year-old victim about an hour earlier.
“Someone’s got to do something about this, maybe we get police here all the time, or people in the community needs to step up, because there is a problem here,” said Portland resident Mike Eremieff.
Both women are homeless and frequent Southeast 82nd Avenue. Police said the sexual assaults occurred in the area of 82nd and Powell Boulevard.
Both victims were admitted to a Portland hospital with numerous injuries. The 27-year-old woman was beaten with a metal wrench, according to investigators.
Sex crimes detectives were able to positively identify the suspects as Ritmiller and Alsup. Working with Multnomah County Parole and Probation, detectives arrested Ritmiller on June 23 and Alsup on June 26. They were booked into jail on parole violations.
When FOX 12 showed the men’s mug shots to people on the street, one woman says she’s seen Ritmiller there before.
“Looking at his mug shot, it freaked me out,” said Richelle Irving. “I’ve seen him, he seemed like an average guy walking around, he was dressed nice and I wouldn’t suspect anything at all.”
“But that’s how it is out here, you have to watch your back.”
Irving says she and her husband have been living on the streets for three months, and in that time, they’ve witnessed the violence.
“I’ve been robbed 6 times in one week, women don’t go anywhere alone here, ever. 87th, Powell, Division, it’s all dangerous. The first week we were on the street, someone was shot,” said Irving.
A grand jury indicted Ritmiller and Alsup on charges of sodomy, rape, kidnapping and assault.
Both men remained behind bars Thursday. Detectives, however, believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with any additional information to come forward by contacting Detective Cory Stenzel at 503-823-0453 or Cory.Stenzel@PortlandOregon.gov.
Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau said there are resources for victims. The Sexual Assault Resource Center of Oregon has a 24-hour support line at 503-640-5311.
WomenStrength and GirStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area. For more information, go to 503-823-0260 or http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength.