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Police arrest three for attempted murder

by: Contributed photo From left: Julio Tapia, Ernesto Romero and Enrique Vallejo.

Three men are behind bars on allegations of attempted murder related to a stabbing last October.

They are accused of assaulting a rival gang member in an apartment in the 17800 block of East Burnside Street on Oct. 22, said Officer John Rasmussen, Gresham police spokesman.

During the assault, the victim - a 24-year-old Gresham man - was stabbed multiple times. He recovered from his injuries.

This month, between March 4 and 11, Police arrested Ernesto Alexander Romero, 25, of Sandy; Julio Tapia, 19, of Southwest Portland; and Enrique Gabrial Vallejo, 18, of Gresham.

All face accusations of attempted murder, first-degree assault and burglary; each is being held on $550,000 bail. Tapia also faces an accusation of second-degree assault, boosting his bail to $800,000.