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The most serious violent incident at Cook Park prior to the June 23 stabbing was an alleged assault in 2005.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The stabbing of a 15-year-old boy by a fellow 15-year-old boy in Cook Park on June 23 is a rare occurrence in the city and the park, which has undergone several replacements of playground equipment over the years. The stabbing of a 15-year-old boy by a fellow 15-year-old boy last week was an anomaly for one of Tigard's most used and loved city parks, city officials say.

Tigard police reportedly were called to the park just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, on a report of an assault with a weapon. Officers found one of the youths had stabbed the other, according to police. The injured youth rushed to an area hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

The youth believed to be responsible for the stabbing, a Tigard resident, was taken to the Donald E. Long Home, a Portland detention facility for juveniles.

He was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Washington County juvenile department authorities said they cannot release information related to whether the alleged assailant is still in custody at the Donald E. Long Home.

As a matter of editorial policy, The Times does not name juveniles accused of a crime unless they are being tried in adult court.

Police say the two youths were acquainted.

Kelsey Anderson, a spokesperson for the Tigard Police Department, said the incident was unusual for the city in general.

"We just don't see this thing very often between people of this age," she said.

Violent crime in Cook Park is also rare. Anderson said a crime analysis dating back to 1996 shows there hasn't been a reported stabbing in at least the last 26 years.

The most serious reported incident at the park was in 2005 when someone reported being robbed and assaulted. However, because of the age of the case, more information wasn't immediately available and police were unable to reach the victim, "so I can't vouch for whether it even really happened," Anderson said.

Most of the time, when police are called out to Cook Park, it isn't due to violence.

In 2015, a man drowned in the Tualatin River at Cook Park, prompting a police response. The river runs through the park and has a dock for launching canoes and other small watercraft. Drownings in the river are rare, although authorities urge people to use care at all times when boating and swimming.

Other than that, the most common incidents at Cook Park relate to graffiti and theft from vehicles, said Anderson. Park-goers also find lost items they come upon there as well.

Over the last few years, new athletic fields have been added to the park as well as new playground equipment.

Charging youths with crimes

When a serious crime is committed by a juvenile in Washington County, law enforcement contacts the juvenile department, which relies on state statues to determine whether to hold that youth on the day of their arrest.

A judge later reviews that detention and determines whether further detention is warranted, according to Julie McCloud, public affairs and communication coordinator for Washington County.

The county contracts with the Donald E. Long Home in Portland to hold youth who are detained.


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