Man accused of exposing himself to Portland woman while high on meth pleads not guilty

by San Eli News

A man police say broke into a woman’s home and exposed himself while high on methamphetamine pleaded not guilty to attempted sex abuse, attempted sodomy, burglary and other charges Tuesday.

Marques Seville Hardges, 43, followed the woman into an elevator at her northeast Portland apartment on July 31 and told her he had “just shot up crystal meth”, according to court documents.

The man exited the elevator on the same floor as the woman and, when she opened her door, ran up and pushed her inside.

The woman, who later identified herself to FOX 12 as Kim, told police the man “wildly looked around” her apartment, grabbed a pill bottle and $60 cash and then exposed himself to her.

In response, Kim, who declined to share her last name, pulled out a concealed handgun from her purse, court documents state.

“The gun wasn’t the first thing that came to my mind…it was how am I going to get out of here,” Kim said. “I was in a sheer panic, I was just in a panic.”

The man dropped the bottle and ran out of the apartment with the $60 cash.

Kim said she was expecting a visitor at the time of the alleged crime. The visitor took photos of Hardges as he was leaving the complex and shared them with police.

TriMet officers later spotted Hardges at Southeast Boulevard and Southeast Taylor Street and arrested him.

Hardges is charged with on county of attempted sex abuse in the first degree, one count of attempted sodomy in the first degree, one count of private indecency, three counts of burglary in the first degree, one count of robbery in the third-degree and one count of theft in the third degree.

He is due back in court Oct. 1.