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Scappoose man arrested on attempted murder charges

Police arrest Thomas Googins, 43, after he allegedly attacked a woman with a knife


St. Helens police on Saturday morning, March 29, arrested a Scappoose man on charges including attempted murder after receiving a report from a local resident of a woman on his front porch who had been beaten, was bleeding and only partially clothed.

by: COLUMBIA COUNTY JAIL - GooginsPolice arrived shortly before 2 a.m. in the 500 block of N. 10th Street and confronted Thomas M. Googins, 43, who was in the middle of the street and covered in blood, according to a St. Helens Police Department press release.

“It was a neighbor who called 911 to report this woman was half-naked and bleeding on his front porch,” said St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss.

Moss said the woman’s injuries were consistent with her having defended herself from a knife attack.

“He’s attacking her with a knife and she’s defending herself,” Moss said. The woman had knife wounds on her neck and hands, according to the release.

The woman, whose name was not released, was transported by ambulance to a Portland area hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Moss said it appeared as though Googins was searching for the victim when police had arrived, though the woman had found shelter at a neighbor’s house.

Googins was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree kidnapping and third-degree criminal mischief. He was lodged in the Columbia County Jail with bail set at $151,250.