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Tigard teen charged with attempted murder after stabbing stranger

Updated: Daniel Ortiz arraigned Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Correction appended

OrtizTigard Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy on attempted murder charges after he allegedly attacked a 59-year-old woman with a kitchen knife over the weekend.

Daniel Ortiz, of Tigard, is charged with first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and attempted murder.

The Times does not print the names of teens arrested unless they are charged as adults. Teens over the age of 15 charged with Measure 11 crimes are automatically tried as adults, under Oregon law.

According to police, the woman was walking her dog along Southwest Walnut Street near 114th Avenue at about 8 p.m., Jan. 2, when she was attacked by the boy. Police said the attack was unprovoked and said that the teen did not know the woman.

Investigators have not been able to interview the victim in the hospital, police said, but Jim Wolf, a spokesman with the Tigard Police Department, said that the woman first noticed the teen across the street as she was walking her dog. The boy reportedly crossed the street and asked her for a cigarette. The woman doesn’t smoke and as she turned to continue walking, the boy came up behind her and attacked her.

“The victim was taken by surprise, to say the least,” Wolf said.

Police said that 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.

The motorist’s passenger stayed with the woman and called 911, while the driver tried to locate the attacker. The teen was seen running between two homes near Southwest 122nd Court and Katherine Street.

Tigard Police searched the area. A K-9 unit found the boy hidden in a group of bushes, Wolf said. He was arrested without incident and lodged in the Donald E. Long juvenile detention center in Portland.

Ortiz was arraigned Monday in Washington County Circuit Court, not the county's juvenile court system.

Wolf said that stranger-on-stranger crimes in Tigard are rare. The last one occured in the same area of Tigard in 2012, when Mario Alfredo Bautistia-Garcia allegedly stabbed two people at a TriMet bus stop at Southwest Walnut Street and Pacific Highway.

Saturday's arrest is the second time in the past few months that Tigard Police have charged someone under the age of 18 with attempted murder.

Tigard Police arrested a 12-year-old boy on Oct. 29, 2015 after he allegedly choked his sister during an argument. Those charges were later lowered to fourth-degree assault, strangulation and harassment.

By Geoff Pursinger
Assistant Editor, The Times
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This story has been updated with information about how Measure 11 treats minors charged with serious crimes, and includes information about a similar 2012 case involving a stranger-on-stranger stabbing on Southwest Walnut Street.