Police say suspect chased girlfriend outside with knife

A Tualatin man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death outside their Tualatin home faced additional charges on Monday.

Lujar Philippo, 45, pleaded not guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to five additional charges, including two counts of first-degree assault and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon. by: WCSO - Lujar Philippo

Last week Philippo pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Tualatin Police arrested Philippo June 23 for allegedly stabbing his 31-year-old girlfriend Kiorinta Edmond on a lawn in front of their Tualatin Meadows apartment, 18755 S.W. 90th Ave., near Southwest Tualatin Road and Herman Road

Edmond's body was found covered in blood outside the apartment complex the two lived in with stab wounds in her chest and upper torso, according to court documents.

Philippo, wearing a lime green jumpsuit and shackles, said nothing during Monday morning's brief court appearance in Judge Kirsten Thompson's courtroom, but listened to court proceedings through a Marshalese interpreter.

Prosecutor Bracken McKey said Philippo grabbed a kitchen knife and chased Edmond outside where he stabbed her to death. Neighbors in the complex called police after hearing a woman screaming for help at about 5:23 a.m. on June 22.

A neighbor found Edmond bleeding on the ground, court records show.

Tualatin Police arrived shortly after, and Philippo reportedly emerged from his apartment carrying two knives.

Investigators said Philippo allegedly charged at officers with the knives, initially, then held one knife to his throat before officers shot him was a Taser to subdue him.

After he was arrested, court documents say he told investigators he was guilty but wanted to speak to an attorney.

Officers also found a bloody knife in a kitchen sink in Philippo's apartment and stab marks on a chair, investigators said.

The murder happened only a few hours after Edmond spoke to police in an unrelated hit-and-run crash that evening. Officials believed Philippo was involved in the crash and searched the apartment for him.

Philippo was not found during the search, and he has not been charged in hit-and-run incident.

No motive for the murder has been released.

Philippo is being held in the Washington County Jail without bail.

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