Teen appears in court in Rose Village stabbing

Suspect has ties to Soreno gang, court documents say

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A 17-year-old appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of twice stabbing a 32-year-old man during a possibly gang-related altercation late Friday in Vancouver's Rose Village.

Martin Minjarez of Vancouver faces a first-degree assault charge at his Nov. 22 arraignment. His case was automatically remanded to adult court because of its violent nature.

Minjarez is accused of stabbing the victim during a disagreement, involving as many as 30 people, over possibly stolen property, according to police and court documents.

The victim was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Vancouver police were called Friday to 2008 St. Johns Road, near the intersection of T Street, on a report of a stabbing. By the time officers arrived, most of those involved in the argument had left the scene. Officers found the victim bleeding from his wounds. Minjarez wasn't at the scene but was arrested early Saturday.

The victim and a woman involved in the argument positively identified Minjarez as the assailant, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court.

Minjarez and his family have ties to the Soreno gang, court documents say.

Judge Barbara Johnson held Minjarez on Tuesday on $50,000 bail. She appointed Vancouver attorney Gerald Wear to defend Minjarez.