Man sentenced for stabbing stranger in downtown Hillsboro in June
A man accused of stabbing a stranger in the neck with a box cutter in June 2019 was sentenced to 90 months in prison Thursday, Feb. 13, according to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.
On Monday, Enrique Zacarias Diaz pleaded guilty to attempted murder.
Prosecutors said 37-year-old Peter Ramirez, the victim, was walking in downtown Hillsboro when he noticed a man, later identified as Diaz, staring at him.
"He kept walking but was then attacked from behind by the defendant," read a statement from the District Attorney's Office. "The defendant used a box cutter knife to slash his neck and cut his face."
Bystanders intervened and helped Ramirez get away, which allowed him to walk to OHSU Health Hillsboro Medical Center, formerly known as Tuality Community Hospital, where he was treated for "significant injuries as a result of the attack," the District Attorney's Office said.
Officers with the Hillsboro Police Department and TriMet Transit Police responded to the area and began a search for Diaz.
Officers were able to identify a man who matched a description of the suspect and took him into custody. The box cutter used to attack Ramirez was found at that time.
Court records show Diaz has a criminal history in Washington County dating back several years.
In May 2019, Diaz was convicted of fourth-degree assault. Two months earlier, he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon — a spring-loaded knife.
The District Attorney's Office acknowledged in its statement the work of Hillsboro police, TriMet Police and the bystanders who aided Ramirez.
Washington County Circuit Judge Beth Roberts, who presided over the case, ordered Diaz to undergo five years of post-prison supervision upon his release.
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