Domestic dispute turns violent

A domestic dispute escalated to a stabbing in Gaston on New Year's Day, leaving a Forest Grove man with multiple knife wounds on his face and hands, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Public Information Officer Bob Ray said sheriff's deputies arrested 38-year-old Delaney VanLoo of Gales Creek Wednesday, Jan. 2, in the Tanasbourne area of Hillsboro. According to Ray, deputies received word VanLoo was going to turn himself in the next morning, but they decided not to wait after receiving a tip about his Tanasbourne location.

VanLoo was taken to the Washington County Jail without incident and is being charged with first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held on $250,000 bail.

Deputies responded to 222 Front St. in Gaston at about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 1 after receiving a report of a man suffering serious knife wounds.

They found 36-year-old Brian O'Neel of Forest Grove, who was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

VanLoo and O’Neel had been involved in an altercation at the apartment of VanLoo’s estranged wife, a few blocks from where deputies found O’Neel.

Deputies checked on the wife and her 10-year-old son but found them both unharmed in the apartment.

Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit were called in to take over the investigation and asked for the public's help in locating the suspect. They learned VanLoo fled the scene in a 1994 Chevrolet pickup and were alerted to VanLoo's location more than hour before his arrest.

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