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Good Samaritans help Tigard stabbing victim, lead police to teen suspect

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Daniel Alfredo Ortiz, jail booking photo Daniel Alfredo Ortiz, jail booking photo
Kimberly Arndt and Briana Neet stopped to help a woman who had been stabbed on a Tigard street. Kimberly Arndt and Briana Neet stopped to help a woman who had been stabbed on a Tigard street.
The attack happened near SW 114th and Walnut Street on Saturday night. The attack happened near SW 114th and Walnut Street on Saturday night.
TIGARD, OR (KPTV) -

Briana Neet and Kimberly Arndt felt compelled to stop their car when they spotted two people fighting on the sidewalk near Southwest Walnut Street and 114th Avenue on Saturday night.

Their instincts were right.

According to Tigard police, 17-year-old Daniel Ortiz stabbed a 59-year-old woman, who was a stranger to him.

Arndt and Neet helped the woman, and with help of a third Good Samaritan, led police to the suspect.

“It just honestly didn’t look right,” Arndt said, recalling the attack.

As they drove by, Neet yelled out at the boy.

“That person took off,” she said. “Kind of started to follow him with my car and said ‘hey, what’s going on?’ And at that point, I looked in my rear view mirror and realized there was somebody laying on the ground."

Neet and Arndt turned the car around and asked the woman if she needed help. She had been walking her dog at the time of the attack. 

Arndt got out of the car to help the woman and call 911. She stayed with the woman until she left for the hospital in an ambulance, while Neet drove after the suspect.

She said the teen tried to lose her in traffic, then disappeared in between two houses at the end of a cul-de-sac.

“I noticed there was a gentlemen sitting in his dining room window and knew I needed help and I ran right to him,” she said. “He was really gracious to open up his door and help me right away.”

Marshall Crites and Neet helped direct police to the bushes behind his home, where a police K-9 located Ortiz.

Neet and Arndt say it took all three people being in the right place at the right time.

“People keep asking, ‘do you think you’re a hero?’ and I really just want to say that I would hope anyone would do that,” said Neet. “When they’re looking at something that’s out of the ordinary and you’re just trying to help your community members.”

Ortiz was arraigned on Measure 11 charge of attempted murder and first degree assault, as well as the charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

According to court documents, he admitted he was trying to kill the victim.

He is being held in the Donald E. Long Juvenile justice center.

Last May, Tigard police arrested Ortiz on charges of menacing and unlawful use of a weapon.

Autumn Gray says Ortiz, her neighbor, threatened to kill her while brandishing a knife.

Her sister recorded cell phone video of the altercation.

“I knew he shouldn’t have been on the streets,” said Gray. “I had a really bad feeling about him lately. I just felt like something was bound to happen.”

The case was referred to the Washington County Juvenile Department.

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