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Second in-home rape reported in SE Portland in three days

Joseph Green, 30, allegedly attacked a sleeping victim

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A man is facing strangulation and rape charges after Portland police said he went into a Southeast Portland home after midnight on Wednesday and attacked a sleeping victim. 

Joseph Green, 30, was arrested after officers searched the area near where the incident happened and found him. They said he matched the suspect's description.

Green was also booked into Multnomah County Jail on fourth-degree assault and first-degree burglary.

Portland police said they responded to the 2700 block of Southeast 15th Avenue at 12:52 a.m. after the victim and another resident inside the home called 911. When they arrived, they learned that the home's back door was unlocked, allowing Green to allegedly enter. Inside, police said he attacked one of the two sleeping residents. Both residents then woke up and reportedly fought Green before he left. 

Police then found Green near Southeast 15th Avenue and Southeast Clay Street and took him into custody. 

On Monday, Portland police arrested Damascus L. Menefee for a similar case in the 16000 block of Southeast Stark Street. Menefee was booked into the Multnomah County jail on charges of 4th-degree assault, 2nd-degree assault, strangulation, 1st-degree rape, 1st-degree burglary, 1st-degree trespass, interfering with making a report and a parole violation for a previous conviction of robbery.

Sgt. Chris Burley with Portland police said the two cases, while similar, are not connected. 

Police are asking anyone with information about Green to contact Detective Michael Bledsoe at 503.823.0836, Michael.Bledsoe@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Ryan Foote at 503.823.0323 or Ryan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov. 

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