Hillsboro man charged in machete assault, ramming police car
A man whom police say assaulted his former partner with a machete and rammed a police officer's vehicle while trying to flee the scene in Hillsboro last month has been charged with several felony crimes.
The charges against David Hernandez Sarmiento, 31, include second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, four counts of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, stalking, second-degree assault, assaulting a public safety officer, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving and fourth-degree assault, Washington County Sheriff's Office officials said in a statement Monday, Aug. 2.
A Hillsboro Police Department officer was dispatched to a harassment call in the 1200 block of Northeast 51st Avenue the morning of July 19, the Sheriff's Office said.
A woman reported her former partner wouldn't stop contacting her by phone.
A Hillsboro police officer attempted to communicate with Sarmiento via phone to tell him to cease contact with the woman, the Sheriff's Office said.
Hours later, multiple Hillsboro police officers were dispatched to a disturbance at the same residence.
Multiple people reported hearing yelling and gunfire, and that a man was armed with a knife and a bat, the Sheriff's Office said, adding that there was information indicating the man had stabbed someone.
While officers responded, witnesses reported the suspect had left the scene in a red Toyota RAV4.
"As the first responding officer arrived in the area, the RAV4 accelerated toward the officer's patrol car and hit it head-on," the Sheriff's Office said.
The driver, Sarmiento, was taken into custody without incident, the Sheriff's Office said.
While Sarmiento was being detained, officers discovered he had a gunshot wound. He was treated at the scene and transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the Sheriff's Office said.
During the investigation, detectives determined the woman's adult son shot Sarmiento during the incident, officials said.
Sarmiento allegedly arrived at the woman's residence that day and began damaging her vehicle with a knife and a baseball bat.
"When the victim came out of her residence, Sarmiento proceeded to cut her arm with a machete," officials said. "The woman's adult son retrieved a firearm and shot Sarmiento, and Sarmiento fled in the RAV4."
The woman was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, the Sheriff's Office said.
Officer Scott Hanley, a 21-year veteran, was injured from the head-on crash with Sarmiento, the Sheriff's Office said. He was treated at a local hospital and is recovering at home.
Sarmiento was released from the hospital on July 24 and transported to the Washington County Jail, where he was lodged on multiple charges.
On Friday, July 30, Sarmiento was arraigned at the Washington County Courthouse on charges related to the incident, the Sheriff's Office said.
Court records show that Sarmiento faced misdemeanor charges in 2019. The case was dismissed after a judge determined he was not fit to proceed, records show.
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