Man accused of stabbing stranger in downtown Hillsboro
Hillsboro Police have arrested a man they say stabbed a stranger in the neck with a boxcutter on Sunday, June 16.
Enrique Zacarias Diaz, 26, is charged with first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. According to Sgt. Leland Gilbert, with the Hillsboro Police Department, authorities were called to Tuality Community Hospital, 335 S.E. Eighth Ave., after a man walked into the emergency room bleeding from his face and neck at about 9:25 p.m. Sunday night.
The victim, Peter Ramirez, 37, had serious injuries and told authorities he was walking along Southeast Second Avenue, between Baseline and Washington streets, when he passed Diaz on the street and was attacked.
Ramirez and Diaz reportedly did not know each other.
"My understanding is that they were looking at each other for too long," Gilbert said. "That appears to have been the impetus for this. They were passing each other on the street."
Ramirez told police he walked several blocks to the hospital for medical attention.
Officers searched the area for a suspect and found Diaz in the area, Gilbert said. Diaz matched a description Ramirez provided and took off running when police attempted to stop him.
Diaz was arrested near Third Avenue and Washington Street after a short chase.
Ramirez was treated and released that day, Gilbert said.
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