Suspect in Aloha 7-11 clerk stabbing surrenders

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by Katherine Cook / KGW

NWCN.com

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 19 at 9:48 AM

ALOHA, Ore. -- The suspect in the stabbing attack of an Aloha convenience store clerk turned himself in. 

On Sunday, Sheriff's officials said 22-year-old Joseph Uriarte surrendered. He was charged with assault II and robbery I and lodged at the Washington County Jail.

Investigators said around 9 last Thursday night, Uriarte walked into the 711 on SW 178th & Tualatin Valley Highway and grabbed beer.  The clerk, 34-year-old John Weiner, said Uriarte ran out of the store with a 12-pack of beer and out of instinct, Uriarte said he chased after him.

"When I got to [Uriarte], the knife was already out and ready," said Weiner.  "I thought he was punching me but he was actually stabbing me."

Detectives said the suspect fled on foot, leaving Weiner bleeding in the street with three stab wounds to his upper torso.  Witnesses called 9-1-1 and paramedics rushed Weiner to Legacy Emanuel.  Weiner said he tried to stay alert during the ambulance ride.

"I was listening to my body, making sure there wasn't anything unusual like any wheezing sounds," Weiner recalled.  "Anything to the chest could have been a punctured lung."

Surveillance cameras captured distinctive video of Uriarte inside the 7-11, which investigators said led to a wave of tips from the public and eventually, Uriarte's surrender.  When asked why he attacked Weiner, detectives said Uriarte didn't give a reason.  Weiner hoped Uriarte's arrest would give the suspect reason to change.

"Even though [Uriarte] is facing a hard road ahead, I do wish him the best," said Weiner.  "Hopefully this is something that leads him to turn his life around."

 

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