Oregon stabbing victims identified; 72-year-old woman killed
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities said a 72-year-old Beaverton woman named Janet Risch was fatally stabbed in Wednesday’s robbery at a Wells Fargo bank branch.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Risch, a customer, died at the scene. Debra Thompson, 53, of Beaverton was critically injured. Beaverton police said Thursday that both women were attacked by Salvator Martinez-Romero, 20.
When Martinez-Romero left the bank he confronted Ian Day, 26, in the parking lot of Planet Fitness, police said. The suspect assaulted Day and stole his car, according to police.
Martinez-Romero then drove toward Tigard and confronted a woman named Martha Bashir, 50, in a residential neighborhood, police said. Police said he attacked her and stole her vehicle.
He drove her car to Tigard, then abandoned it and fled on foot. Officers captured Martinez-Romero nearby.
Day and Bashir were treated at local hospitals and released.
Martinez-Romero was arraigned Thursday afternoon on accusations of murder and attempted murder. He did not enter a plea but his lawyer said he would plead not guilty at a hearing scheduled next week.