Bank robbery in Beaverton leads to stabbing victims, 1 dead
Four people were stabbed, one of them fatally, in South Beaverton on Wednesday morning, Dec. 18, according to Beaverton and Tigard police.
Law enforcement officers arrested 20-year-old Salvador Martinez-Romero in connection with the stabbings. He was apprehended in Tigard later that same morning.
The Beaverton Police Department said officers responded to Wells Fargo in the Murrayhill Marketplace shopping center, 14725 S.W. Teal Blvd. in Beaverton, at 10:58 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a bank robbery. Officers discovered two female victims had been stabbed inside the bank. One of those stabbing victims died, while the other was hospitalized in critical condition.
Two minutes after the initial 9-1-1 call from the bank, another 9-1-1 call alerted officers that a man had been stabbed in the parking lot of Planet Fitness, next door to the Wells Fargo branch, and his car had been stolen.
The suspect, Martinez-Romero, apparently made his way to a nearby residential area near the intersection of Southwest Murray Boulevard and Scholls Ferry Road, where he stabbed another woman and stole her car, according to police. Tigard police were dispatched to the scene at 11:03 a.m.
Both of the people who were stabbed after the suspect fled the bank were hospitalized in serious condition, Beaverton police said.
Beaverton and Tigard officers and Washington County sheriff's deputies tracked Martinez-Romero to Southwest Pacific Highway, signed as Highway 99W, in Tigard, according to police.
The Beaverton Police Department said Martinez-Romero got out of the second stolen vehicle and fled on foot into a residential area, where he was apprehended by 11:55 a.m.
Martinez-Romero was lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of murder, attempted murder and first-degree robbery.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with more details from the Beaverton and Tigard police departments, including the name of the suspect and the number of victims.
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