1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Oregon Stabbing Spree

Cops say suspect carried out series of carjackings
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 19, 2019 12:06 AM CST
1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Oregon Stabbing Spree
An attacker stabbed multiple people at a suburban Portland shopping center Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, killing one person and wounding others before being apprehended, authorities said.   (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

A 20-year-old attacker carried out a series of stabbings and carjackings at a suburban Portland shopping center and in a nearby town Wednesday, killing one person and wounding three others before being arrested, authorities say. Police in the city of Beaverton say two people were stabbed inside a Wells Fargo bank and a man was stabbed at a gym next door, the AP reports. After the stabbings, the assailant stole the man's car and drove into the suburb of Tigard, where he stole another woman's car and stabbed her, Officer Matt Henderson said at a news conference. The man eventually got out of the car and ran from officers before being caught, police say.

The woman who was killed was a bank customer, Wells Fargo spokesman David Kennedy says. Another woman was critically injured there, and the two people whose cars were stolen had serious injuries, authorities say. "This was a horrific crime, and our hearts go out to those victims and their families," Beaverton Police Chief Ronda Groshong told reporters. "This is an ongoing investigation with several crime scenes. ... It's going to take a while to process." Beaverton police identified the alleged attacker as Salvador Martinez-Romero, according to the Oregonian. He is in jail on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, and robbery. Police didn't release any details about the motive for the attack.

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