Police: Man attempted to sexually assault woman in her 70s during burglary at her home

UPDATE: Michael Cory Epperson, the man identified as a suspect in an Ontario burglary and attempted sexual assault, was arrested at 5:15 p.m. Sunday for numerous felony charges related to the incident, according to police.

Epperson was arrested and charged with robbery, kidnapping, burglary, coercion and several felony sexual assault charges, among others. A temporary felony warrant was issued, and Epperson was located at an Ontario residence. He was taken into custody without incident.

“Our officers have been working nonstop since this crime occurred to identify a suspect in this case,” Ontario Police Chief Cal Kunz said in a press release. “I am very happy to report that their dedicated efforts resulted in an arrest.”


A woman in her 70s has reported a man pushed into her home and attempted to sexually assault her during a burglary in Ontario, Oregon, according to a press release from the Ontario Police.

At about 7 p.m. Thursday, a man knocked on the door of a residence in the area of Southwest 11th Street. A woman in her 70s answered the door, and the man pushed his way into the home and attempted to sexually assault the woman.

The man then took money from the woman and fled the scene. Police said in a press release they believe the man then stole a four-door maroon 1995 Buick Century, which was later recovered unoccupied in the 200 block of Northwest Third Avenue.

Police said the burglar was a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, about 6 feet tall with a heavier build, clean shaven with brown hair wearing a beanie hat.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Ontario Police at 541-889-5312.

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