Mother, daughter among Murrayhill Marketplace victims

Crime

Salvador Martinez-Romero, 20, faces murder, attempted murder, robbery

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — A 72-year-old woman was killed and her adult daughter critically injured in a bank robbery Wednesday in Beaverton, police said.

Salvador Martinez-Romero is accused of fatally stabbing 72-year-old Janet Risch of Beaverton and wounding 3 others in a crime spree that began at the Murryhill Marketplace shopping center.

He made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon in Washington County. Officials told KOIN 6 News the 20-year-old is being held under maximum security. He is expected back in court on December 27. The probable cause documents were sealed.

Authorities responded to the scene at Southwest Murray Boulevard and Teal Avenue around 11 a.m. Wednesday after receiving calls about multiple stabbings at the Wells Fargo Bank.

Risch was killed during the robbery and her daughter, 53-year-old Debra Thompson, was critically injured, according to Beaverton police.

While responding, officers received another call about a man — 26-year-old Ian Day — who had been stabbed in the parking lot of Planet Fitness, which is next door to Wells Fargo.

One person died and 2 others wounded in a stabbing attack at the Murray Hill shopping center in Beaverton, December 18, 2019 (KOIN)

Police said Martinez-Romero stole Day’s car and drove south into Tigard. Tigard police received a report just minutes later that 50-year-old Martha Bashir had been stabbed and her vehicle stolen near SW Murray Boulevard and SW Scholls Ferry Road by the same suspect.

Martinez-Romero kept driving but eventually got out of the car in the 11700 block of Hwy 99 in Tigard, police said. Tigard police joined Beaverton officers in tracking him as he ran toward Westside Christian, putting the high school on lockdown.

He was eventually taken into custody without incident. He’s being held in the Washington County Jail on charges of murder, attempted murder and 1st-degree robbery.

As of Thursday afternoon, Thompson was in critical but stable condition at a local hospital. Day and Bashir were treated for the injuries at a hospital and released.

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