Oregon Public Broadcasting

Portland police Friday released more information about a delayed response to a sexual assault call.

Police Chief Mike Reese discussed the case with several media outlets, including OPB's Think Out Loud Friday morning.

He said that a victim of a sexual assault had to wait three hours for Portland police officers to respond, because police resources were tied up with Occupy Portland-related events.

In a follow-up press statement, police say the call about the rape came on Sunday, November 6th. It was from a 15-year-old girl.  She reported that she had been the victim of a sexual assault two days earlier. She also told police the suspect had been assaulting her for months.

The call came at 1:56 p.m. A police sergeant said the call would need to hold because there were only two free cars to respond in the Central Precinct. Police say the girl was in a safe location at the time. An officer went to the victim's location at 5:16 p.m., and began an investigation.

During the period the victim had to wait, police were detailed to the Occupy Portland encampments at Chapman and Lownsdale Squares, and they were patrolling a rally and march by the protest group. But precinct officers were also responding to an unrelated shooting investigation, and a violent attack on two rangers in Forest Park.

Portland Police News Release: Delayed Response To Sexual Assault Call

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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