Tigard teen formally indicted on attempted murder charges
A 17-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty after he allegedly stabbing a retired Portland police officer who was out walking her dog.
Daniel Ortiz, 17, is being tried as an adult after he allegedly attacked the woman at about 8 p.m., Jan. 2 near Walnut Street and 114th Avenue.
Ortiz is charged with first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and attempted murder.
Ortiz was formally indicted by a Washington County grand jury on Monday.
According to court documents, Ortiz came up behind the woman and attacked her, stabbing her in the head and back.
Police say that Ortiz did not know the woman, and said the attack appears to be a random act of violence.
A passing motorist observed the attack and turned around to help the woman. The attacker ran off, leaving the woman on the ground, visibly injured.
A witness stayed with the woman and called 911, while the driver tried to locate the attacker.
A K-9 unit found Ortiz hidden in a group of bushes not far from the scene. A bloody kitchen knife was found in the area as well.
The Times is not releasing the name of the victim, but she remains in serious condition at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital.
Ortiz has been arrested before. Tigard resident Autumn Gray told The Times' news partner KOIN 6 News that she had a run in with Ortiz on the basketball court of her apartment complex last May.
The two argued and Ortiz allegedly pulled out a kitchen knife and threatened her. He was arrested by Tigard Police and tried as a juvenile.
Ortiz is currently being held on $250,000 bail. His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 1.