Beaverton Police identify stabbing victims in bank robbery
Beaverton Police identified a mother and daughter Thursday as the stabbing victims of a man arrested in connection with robbing a bank the previous day.
One woman died at the scene and the other was reported in critical but stable condition.
Police identified the deceased as Janet Risch, 72, of Beaverton. She and Debra Thompson, 53, also of Beaverton, were inside Wells Fargo Bank at 14725 S.W. Teal Blvd. in the Murrayhill Marketplace when Salvador Martinez-Romero of Hubbard entered the bank, armed with a knife, and stabbed both women, according to police. Police said they were customers, and a mother and daughter.
Martinez-Romero then confronted Ian Day, 26, in the parking lot of Planet Fitness, which is in the same shopping center. He injured Day, stole Day's vehicle and drove it south to Tigard, police said. Once there, police said he confronted 50-year-old Martha Bashir in a residential neighborhood near Southwest Walnut Street, injured her and stole her vehicle.
Martinez-Romero allegedly abandoned the vehicle in the 11700 block of Southwest Pacific Highway in Tigard and fled on foot. But police from Beaverton and Tigard and Washington County sheriff's deputies caught up with him and arrested him.
Risch was pronounced dead at the scene. Thompson was reported in critical but stable condition at a hospital. Day and Bashir were treated at hospitals and released.
A Wells Fargo spokesman, David Kennedy, issued this statement on behalf of the bank Thursday:
"We are deeply saddened that an incident at our Murrayhill Marketplace branch in Beaverton resulted in the senseless death of one of our customers and injuries sustained by others. We offer our heartfelt condolences to those who lost their loved one. Our thoughts are also with the innocent people who witnessed this heinous crime.
"We are cooperating fully with the authorities in their investigation. We are referring all questions to the Beaverton Police Department in order to preserve the integrity of that work. Counselors, through our Employee Assistance Consulting service, are available to support Wells Fargo team members in the wake of this terrible event."
Martinez-Romero, 20, was held at the Washington County Jail on charges of murder, attempted murder and two counts of first-degree robbery, for which he was scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon. The robbery took place just before 11 a.m. Wednesday.
NOTE: Posted with mug of suspect from Beaverton Police/Washington County Sheriff's Office. Adds statement from Wells Fargo spokesman.
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