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Tigard teen arrested for menacing with knife before Saturday attack, police say

Daniel Ortiz, 17, was arrested in May for threatening people with a knife, months before his Jan. 2 arrest.


OrtizA Tigard teenager charged with attempted murder has been arrested for threatening people with kitchen knives before, according to Tigard Police.

Daniel Ortiz, 17, was arrested on Saturday, Jan. 2 after he allegedly stabbed a stranger with a knife while she was walking her dog along Southwest Walnut Street.

Ortiz was arraigned Monday and will be tried as an adult under strict guidelines under Oregon’s Measure 11.

Ortiz has had more than one run in with police during his life. According to Jim Wolf, a spokesman with the Tigard Police Department, police had four encounters with Ortiz in 2015 and on in 2014. Ortiz was arrested May 7, 2015 and charged with menacing with a knife and unlawful use of a weapon.

The other four encounters did not result in arrests, Wolf said. No other information was available.

“Because Mr. Ortiz is a minor, the information I can give is extremely limited in scope,” Wolf said.

Little information has been released about Ortiz’s May 7 arrest, but according to The Times' weekly police log, Ortiz was arrested after he threatened people with a kitchen knife in the 11500 block of 135th Avenue, about a mile-and-a-half from the site of Saturday’s alleged attack.

On Monday, Ortiz was formally charged with first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and attempted murder.

According to police, Ortiz stabbeda 59-year-old woman while she was walking her dog along Southwest Walnut Street near 114th Avenue at about 8 p.m., Jan. 2.

Police said the attack was unprovoked and said that the teen did not know the woman.

Wolf said the woman first noticed the teen across the street as she was walking her dog. The boy reportedly 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.

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 is scheduled to go before a Washington County Grand Jury on Monday, according to Bracken McKey, senior deputy district attorney with Washington County District Attorney's office.