7 counts of kidnap, rape leveled against Portland man

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 27-year-old homeless man was charged with multiple crimes involving a man and his girlfriend on Wednesday, including kidnapping, assault and rape.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said Matthew Lee Fennern was arrested on Friday in the area of Southeast 103rd Street and Morrison Avenue.

He’s charged with 4 counts of 1st-degree kidnapping, 2 counts of 2nd-degree assault and one count of 1st-degree rape.

A transient camp in the area of Southeast 103rd Street and Morrison Avenue, Feb. 6, 2019. (KOIN)

The investigation started on Jan. 25 when Portland police responded to Southeast 93rd Avenue and Madison Street after learning a man had approached a delivery driver and said he’d been attacked.

KOIN 6 News learned the couple told police that Fennern, who goes by the street name “Twitch,” accused them of stealing things from his tent. He punched the man, threatened him with a knife and forced the couple to return with him to his tent. Fennern then allegedly placed duct tape over their mouths and used a bungee cord to restrain them before raping the female. 

The couple told police Fennern then left the tent and told another man to “finish the job.” The victim said Fennern and the other man then tried to stab and cut his throat with a knife, but he was able to get free and run for help. 

His girlfriend said Fennern also tried to cut her throat before she was able to wriggle free and escape. 

According to the probable cause affidavit, Fennern allegedly told the victims that if they called the police, he would kill them.

The victims said there were two male suspects and a female suspect, however, it appears only Fennern has been arrested in this case so far. 

The incident has shaken those living in homes just a few hundred feet away from the tent. 

“Some of the neighbors I talked to — they want to move out, they are afraid for their safety,” said local resident Craig Plunkett. “I try not to go outside late at night, I don’t know what’s out there.” 

Others keep hoping something will be done to prevent future violence in the area. 

“We just need to know that there is help coming or, you know, somebody is going to try to fix this situation,” said Mary Fasciona. “We are just captive in our homes because we don’t know what to do or where to go to get help.” 

Fennern is expected back in court on Feb. 13.

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