Thursday, October 15, 2009


A 26-year-old man has been arrested in the Oct. 7 sexual assault of a woman who he's accused of following off a Tri-Met bus in Southwest Portland. The man turned himself in to his probation officer about 6:45 p.m. last night.

Joshua James Cox told detectives that he turned himself in because people he knew had told him they recognized him from last week's news stories about the attack. Cox is on probation for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Last week, police released a Tri-Met video camera surveillance image of the suspect boarding the bus along Southwest Fifth Avenue in downtown Portland.

The stranger-to-stranger attack occurred about 12:30 a.m. after the man got off the bus at Southwest Capital Highway and Sunset Boulevard. He followed a woman, who is in her mid- to late 20s, across the street, where he attacked and sexually assaulted her, Detective Mary Wheat said.

The man ran off when another man confronted him, police said.

Cox will be arraigned in court this afternoon. He has prior theft and drug convictions, and addresses in Southeast Portland and along Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway in Beaverton, court records show.

--Maxine Bernstein

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