Suspect arrested in gang-related stabbing
Capt. Dennis Marks of the McMinnville police characterized the incident as gang-related.
“We’re not going to name gangs or anything like that,” he said.
Marks identified the suspect as Favian Cruz Velasquez. He was arraigned Wednesday in Yamhill County Circuit Court on one count each of second-degree assault, a Class B felony, and failure to report as a sex offender, a Class A misdemeanor.
The assault charge falls under Measure 11’s mandatory-minimum sentencing guidelines.
Velasquez was also cited for violating his probation on a November conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a Class C felony. He was placed on 18 months probation after completing a 14-day jail term.
He was living in McMinnville then, but provided a Newberg address when apprehended in the stabbing case. He was lodged in the county jail without bail.
“We had a couple of potential suspect names,” Marks said. “A check with adult and juvenile probation officers and further investigative work resulted in the arrest.”
The victim of the 1 p.m. stabbing, whose identity was withheld, was transported by McMinnville police to the Willamette Valley Medical Center.
He underwent treatment there for a hand wound. Marks called it a “defensive” wound.
Marks gave this account of the incident:
An Oregon State Police trooper was in the area with a recruit when he observed a fight develop in the parking lot. When the trooper activated his emergency lights and siren, a Latino male fled on foot, leaving the victim behind.
The recruit pursued the fleeing assailant, but lost sight of him. Clothing discarded at the scene led police to conclude the incident might be gang-related.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Hugo Cerda at 503-435-5615.