The suspect accused of inappropriately touching women at the Clackamas Town Center Barnes & Noble bookstore in April has been arrested on new harassment charges stemming from a more recent incident at the Happy Valley Library — and authorities are looking for possible additional victims.
On Wednesday, suspect Justin Carl Phelps was at the Clackamas County Courthouse for his arraignment on the April 13 incident in which he was caught on camera inappropriately touching bookstore patrons. As he was leaving the courthouse following that arraignment, a detective with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office arrested Phelps on a new, unrelated charge of harassment.
In this new incident, Phelps is accused of following a woman around the Happy Valley Library on Saturday, Aug. 3, at approximately 4 p.m. He reportedly inappropriately touched the woman, followed her to her car, and then continued to follow her in his own vehicle after she drove away.
Detectives with the CCSO say they are concerned that Phelps may be escalating his alleged behavior. Investigators would like to know if you have been inappropriately touched or followed by Phelps or if you have witnessed him engaging in inappropriate behavior.
Anyone with information on Justin Phelps or who has been inappropriately followed, contacted or touched by this suspect is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line by phone at 503-723-4949 oronline at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp. Tipsters are asked to please reference CCSO Case # 19-018097.
Booking photos of Phelps are included with this story. He wore a beard during the earlier incident in April (left). In the more recent photo on the right, he appeared clean shaven.
Phelps drives a gold 2-door Acura sedan with Oregon Crater Lake license plates. Photos of this vehicle are below.
Video surveillance of the April incident at Clackamas Town Center Barnes & Noble, courtesy the CCSO: