Oregon stabbing suspect charged in Walla Walla for meth possession


WALLA WALLA — The suspect in a stabbing in Oregon who was arrested in College Place was charged Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court with possession of methamphetamine that officers reported they found in his pants.

Umatilla County authorities are considering charges against James W. Gore, 51, in connection with the stabbing as they continue to investigate.

According to Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan, Gore is suspected of stabbing Benito Beliz, 27, multiple times during an altercation in the street near the former Oasis restaurant about 5:17 p.m. Sunday. Rowan said the motive for the attack is not yet clear due to conflicting reports.

Rowan also confirmed a second assault related to the stabbing sent a woman to the hospital. According to a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office report, Kelly L. Milan was taken to a local hospital after a fight broke out at about 11 p.m. at 85678 Highway 339 after several people heard a rumor Beliz had died as a result of his injuries.

According to Umatilla County dispatch logs, deputies arrested Crystal Velasquez, 28, on investigation of fourth-degree assault in that incident.

The Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office report stated Beliz had been taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Hospital officials would not comment his or whether he was currently a patient.

Rowan said Monday afternoon that Beliz was listed in critical condition.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at lukehegdal@wwub.com or 526-8326.


tmunoz 1 year, 12 months ago

Need to correct stabbing victims name had it right the first time. Benny Beliz.


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