Jose Ponce-Guitron faces attempted murder charges

A transient accused of breaking into his estranged girlfriend’s Aloha house and attacking her was arrested Friday during a traffic stop, and will be charged with attempted murder.

Authorities with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Jose Ponce-Guitron, a 46-year-old transient, without incident during a traffic stop, around 4:30 p.m. Friday. He was turned over to Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives. by: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - U.S. Marshals Service officers arrested Jose Ponce-Guitron Friday during a traffic stop.

Deputies on Thursday were called to a disturbance at the Willow Springs Apartments, 3117 S.W. Doyle Place, in Aloha, around 10:07 a.m. A 42-year-old woman who resides at the complex reported being attacked by her estranged boyfriend, Jose Ponce-Guitron.

Investigators said Ponce-Guitron came to the apartment complex looking for his estranged girlfriend. He reportedly used a metal tool to break the back glass door and gain entry to her apartment, then attacked the woman with a knife, said Sgt. Vance Stimler, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

Neighbors heard the commotion and forced open the apartment's front door to help the woman. When the neighbors entered, Ponce-Guitron ran out the back door. The woman sustained a deep cut to her neck and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center by ambulance. Her condition does not appear to be life threatening.

Washington County Violent Crimes Unit detectives were called in to assist with the investigation.

Investigators believe Ponce-Guitron fled in his green 1999 Honda Pilot with Oregon license plate YMY389. Before his arrest, he was wanted on several felony crime accusations, including burglary, unlawful use of a weapon and assault.

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