Boy stabbed, patrons lock sex offender in Wendy's restroom

Boy stabbed, patrons lock sex offender in Wendy's restroom

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by Jeff Thompson and Michael Rollins, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on July 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM

PORTLAND -- A 10-year-old was assaulted with a knife in a Northeast Portland Wendy's restroom by a man police said was a registered sex offender. Adam Lee Brown, 49, was arrested after he let the wounded boy go, and patrons pushed against the bathroom door, blocking his escape.

Brown was accused of attempted murder, four counts of first-degree assault, first-degree sex abuse, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree arson, coercion, and furnishing false information to a police officer.

The child was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery for his injuries, said Sgt. Pete Simpson. The boy's injuries would have been life-threatening had he not received immediate attention.

Police were called just after 2 p.m. to the report of a stabbing at the restaurant, in the 2900 block of NE Sandy Boulevard, Simpson said.

Officers learned that Brown was outside the restroom door and the boy was headed there when he was reportedly grabbed and forced into the bathroom, Simpson said. Brown then tried to sexually assault the boy, who started fighting back, Simpson said.

During the struggle, the boy was stabbed multiple times. The boy's father tried to open the restroom door, but it was locked from the inside. A manager brought a key, then Brown unlocked the door and pushed the boy out.

When police arrived, patrons were holding the door shut, trapping Brown inside, and were told to evacuate the restaurant. Brown told police he had a gun, so the SERT team was activated. He surrendered without incident after about about two hours, Simpson said.

Police found a knife in the restroom believed to be used in the attack. No gun was found.

Traffic was blocked on Sandy Boulevard from NE 28th to NE 31st avenues during the standoff.

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