A woman was shot in the neck with an arrow projectile in Sellwood last month -- now, an arrest

COURTESY OF PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Officers say the victim of a Sellwood Riverfront Park assault was shot with this bolt - an arrow-like projectile. An assault investigation that began in November 5 at Sellwood Riverfront Park – in which a woman was injured after having been struck in the neck an arrow – has led to an arrest.

Following up on this story, reported in last issue of THE BEE, officials now say the woman was shot with a crossbow "bolt" – an arrow-like projectile.

MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Being held in lieu of $250,000, on a felony assault charge involving a crossbow, is 24-year-old Cecilia Leigh Bruinsma. On December 7 at 8:26 a.m., Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Central Precinct officers arrested 24-year-old Cecilia Leigh Bruinsma in connection with the assault.

"Investigating officers learned that Bruinsma was involved in a verbal dispute with the victim, and officers believe Bruinsma fired a bolt from a handheld crossbow at the victim, injuring the victim," said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

While officers believed that suspect had left the crime scene in a gold Honda Civic with an adult male, at that time Bruinsma was not located.

After her December 7 arrest, Bruinsma was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on a charge of Assault in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony. At her subsequent arraignment in Multnomah County Court, Bruinsma learned that her bail had been set at $250,000, and she continues to be incarcerated in lieu of making bail.

Anyone with more information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Christopher Traynor at 503/823-0889 – or, e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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