Grandmother in town for graduation was sexually assaulted on TriMet platform, court docs say

Editor’s Note: This story includes details of sexual violence that may be disturbing for some readers.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A Hillsboro man faces several sex abuse charges after he allegedly assaulted an unconscious woman on a TriMet platform in 2023, according to court records.

Eduardo Guillermo Madrid-Roque, 29, is accused of six counts of sexual abuse, three counts of unlawful sexual penetration and two counts of public indecency in Washington County.

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The woman, a 63-year-old grandmother visiting the area to attend a grandson’s graduation, had flown into town and taken the MAX line to the Hillsboro transit center on June 14, 2023. She got off at the stop around 8 p.m.

A poor interaction with her medication left her “entirely incoherent” and led her to sit down on the sidewalk to take off her pants and eventually lay down, officials said.

“While on the flight, [the woman] had a glass of wine, but due to a recent change in her prescription medication, she had a bad reaction causing her intoxication level to be higher than expected,” according to court documents.

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Surveillance footage showed Madrid-Roque getting off a bus at the station, where he “immediately noticed [the woman] on the ground and waiting for the bus to leave before approaching her.”

“For the next 30 minutes, the defendant sexually abused [the woman] at varying intervals in the middle of the transit station,” prosecutors said. “The defendant paused his abuse…on three separate occasions when other individuals neared the vicinity.”

Video taken at the transit center then shows Madrid-Roque pick up his belongings and walk away before getting on a bus to leave the station, court documents show.

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Transit police eventually found the woman still “laying on the sidewalk of the station, unaware of her surroundings and disoriented” around 10:40 p.m. She was immediately taken to the hospital, and “had no recollection of the sexual assault” the next morning.

Police found DNA evidence from the scene that confirmed Madrid-Roque’s identity. He is currently in custody at the Washington County Jail.

TriMet sent the following statement to KOIN 6 News:

As you know, we do not comment on specific details about open investigations or litigation. …We absolutely support their efforts to bring people to justice for the crimes they have committed, and we look forward to working with them to determine what happened and whether it happed on TriMet property. We identified and helped arrest the individual and our security video team was instrumental in making that happen. Our thoughts are with the person after what sounds like a horrific incident.

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