HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 26, 2019, a Washington County jury found Gabriel Moscote-Saavedra guilty of first-degree attempted rape, first-degree burglary and three counts of first-degree sex abuse. This case was prosecuted by Chief Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey in Judge Janelle Wipper’s courtroom.

On December 2, 2018, Moscote-Saavedra broke into the victim’s Hillsboro apartment. He removed a screen and entered through an unlocked window. Moscote-Saavedra then entered the woman’s bedroom and held her at knifepoint as he sexually assaulted her. He left DNA evidence at the scene before he left the apartment.

Hillsboro Police immediately began investigating and quickly identified Moscote-Saavedra as a potential suspect. He lived at the same apartment complex as the victim and agreed to submit a DNA sample. That evidence, along with fingerprints found on the victim’s window, allowed investigators to confirm he was responsible for the attack. He also admitted to sexually assaulting the victim when interviewed by detectives.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the investigate work of Hillsboro Police Detectives Tobby Cook and Rebecca Venable. We would also like to thank the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory for their assistance on this case.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Moscote-Saavedra will remain in custody at the Washington County Jail until that time.

Media contact information
Stephen Mayer
Public Information Officer
971-708-8219
July 31, 2019