Man gets 70 months for stabbing high school student
A man who stabbed a Portland high school student in a "random attack" will spend more than five years behind bars.
Carlos Sebastian Nampula-Cruz received a 70-month prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to stabbing in the shoulder a student at Benson Polytechnic High School in Northeast Portland.
"No one should ever have to experience something like this, especially a 17-year-old high school student who was walking with his friend to get an after school snack," said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Todd Jackson in a press release.
"This was a random, unprovoked attack that occurred less than a block away from a place where everyone should feel safe, a high school," said Jackson, who prosecuted the case.
Nampula-Cruz was born in Brazil but has lived in Portland for about a decade — living on the streets and also regularly crashing in a friend's apartment, according to court records.
Police described Nampula-Cruz as rampaging through the streets before the stabbing around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, near the corner of Northeast 9th Avenue and Flanders Street.
The 38-year-old apparently threw a brick through the passenger window of a car with a person in it and attempted to stab two other people before approaching the male student and shouting at him in Spanish.
Police say the student suffered a ¾-inch-long wound and was treated at Randall Children's Hospital on that day in 2018.
"I have anger issues but I control them," Nampula-Cruz later told booking deputies through a translator. He told police he had recently kicked a methamphetamine habit, according to court docs.
Nampula-Cruz pleaded guilty to one count each of attempted second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, second-degree assault and first-degree criminal mischief. He will be ordered to pay a currently undetermined amount of restitution and will be supervised for three years after release.
This isn't Nampula-Cruz's first run in with the law.
In May, 2017, prosecutors charged him with fourth-degree assault and harassment after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend to the ground, grabbed her hair and began "jerking her around," according to a probable-cause affidavit.
Nampula-Cruz denied the account but admitted to officers that he was upset because his girlfriend was hanging out with another man in front of a Shell gas station.
Court records show Nampula-Cruz was let out on supervised pretrial release but didn't show up for his appointments in front of a judge. He was eventually convicted of the assault charge.