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Investigators make arrest in Beaverton stabbing

Beaverton police search for second suspect in case
by:  KENNETH J. SOZA

Members of the Washington County Interagency Gang Enforcement Team have made an arrest in a stabbing Saturday night that sent one man to the hospital.

Investigators are looking for a second suspect who may have lured the victim to the assault.

Police arrested Kenneth J. Soza, a 28-year-old Aloha resident, on Sunday. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail on a second-degree assault charge.

Soza is believed to be responsible for the stabbing of 24-year-old Joel P. Torres of Aloha.

At about 5:25 p.m. Saturday, Beaverton police received a call of a stabbing that had just occurred on the street near the 13400 block of Southwest 17th Street.

Responding officers arrived to find Torres with stabs wounds to his left side.

Torres reportedly told officers that he was confronted and stabbed by two men. Police identified the suspects as Soza and 19-year-old Ruben Perez.

The victim said after being stabbed, he ran from the scene while the two suspects fled in an unknown direction, said Sgt. Jim Shumway, Beaverton police spokesman.

The stabbing victim was treated at the scene for two puncture wounds to his left side and a slash wound to his right shoulder. He was then transported to an area hospital for further treatment and later released.

An investigation revealed that Torres and Soza are associates with a history together, Shumway said Monday.

"The stabbing is believed to be related to interpersonal family disputes and disagreements between Torres and Soza that have gone on for the last year and was not a gang crime," Shumway added.

Perez was reportedly at the scene during the incident.

Officers from the gang enforcement team consider Perez a person of interest and are attempting to locate him to speak with him regarding his involvement in the incident.

"IGET officers believe that Torres was lured into the area by Perez under false pretenses before being confronted by Soza," Shumway said.