At a Woodstock home on S.E. 44th Avenue - about a half block south of S.E. Steele, and a short distance west of Woodstock Park - at about 6 pm on July 16th neighbors were startled to hear a woman's screams.
Even more troubling, she ran from her home and collapsed on her driveway, covered with blood. While one neighbor called 9-1-1, others tried to help stop the bleeding from the leg and stomach of a victim police later identified as 32 year-old Elaine Winn.
Police later confirmed what Winn had told neighbors at the scene: Her husband, 33 year-old Brian Shaun Nickel, was the suspect in the bloody assault.
'The woman is believed to be three months pregnant,' said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Lt. Robert King. 'Officers located the woman's husband, who was also suffering from stab wounds. Both were believed to be suffering from non-life-threatening wounds.' He added that the unborn baby had apparently not been injured in the incident.
The Police Bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit detectives investigated, and at about 2:30 am early the next morning they charged Nickel with numerous criminal counts, including Attempted Murder, Assault in the first degree, Assault in the second degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and two counts of Strangulation.
At his first court appearance on July 18, Nichol's left arm was bandaged, covering wounds that neighbors speculated may have been self-inflicted. Nichol pleaded not guilty to all charges. He remains in custody at the Multnomah County Detention Center in lieu of at least $500,000 bail.