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Springfield CHETT funds used to assist sexual assault victim, suspect found

The suspect was located at 4 a.m, and detectives were summoned.

Posted: Jul 31, 2021 4:16 AM
Updated: Aug 1, 2021 3:52 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- As of Sunday morning, Springfield Police worked alongside CAHOOTS to create a plan to reunite a rape victim with her family outside of the Lane County area. 

Police had responded Friday to a report of a rape in the Springfield area.

As officers worked with the female victim, they learned she is currently unhoused and had virtually no resources or family support available to her.

Police say they authorized CHETT (Community Help Easing Troubled Times) Funds to be used, which is a funding stream consisting of monies donated by the community intended to provide resources to meet the short-term emergency needs of the most vulnerable in Springfield.

While the victim was treated at a local hospital, officers made arrangements for her to stay in a local hotel with food and other necessities. Police assigned to the patrol shift will remain in contact with her to go shopping for new clothing to replace some taken as evidence.

The suspect was located at 4 a.m, and detectives were summoned.

Police say due to the nature of the ongoing investigation and out of respect to the victim, additional details of the case will remain confidential.

“The Springfield Police Department would like to thank citizens within the community who have donated money to the program over the years, allowing officers to provide critical assistance in desperate situations!”

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