Man Avoids Prison For Stabbing Medic In Unprovoked Attack

Jeremiah Ray won't serve any time in prison for the unprovoked attack on paramedic Pavel Aubuchon-Mendoza.

Portland, OR – A homeless man who pushed his way into a Portland ambulance and nearly murdered a paramedic in a bloody, unprovoked attack in February will serve no additional time in jail.

“He tried everything in his power to kill me. He stabbed me, he cut me, he bit me and, thankfully, he was unsuccessful,” paramedic Pavel Aubuchon-Mendoza told Multnomah County Judge Kathleen Dailey on Tuesday, according to KATU.

The incident occurred on Feb. 25, as the American Medical Response (AMR) paramedics were stopped at a traffic light near Sheridan Street and Southwest Fifth Avenue, The Oregonian reported.

“The unit was not assigned to any particular 9-1-1 call. They were simply driving in normal traffic,” AMR spokesperson Robert McDonald told KATU at the time. "For something like this, there's zero warning, there's no reason to believe you're in an unsafe environment.”

As the unsuspecting paramedics waited in traffic, 38-year-old Jeremiah Ray yanked open the passenger door of the ambulance, clambered inside, and made his way to the back portion of the unit, The Oregonian reported.

Aubuchon-Mendoza said that Ray attacked him with a knife when he followed him into the rear of the ambulance.

According to court documents, Ray proceeded to choke and bite Aubuchon-Mendoza, then stabbed him in the shoulder with the knife, KPTV reported.

The ambulance driver got out of the vehicle and opened the back doors, and the duo was able to fight Ray off, according to The Oregonian.

Ray jumped out of the ambulance and ran inside the nearby Duniway Deli, where he toppled shelves and destroyed a piece of Plexiglas, KATU reported.

The store owner hid behind a sink, but was ultimately able to escape and called police.

Ray attempted to flee from officers on foot, but was apprehended.

Investigators also recovered the suspect’s knife at the scene.

According to police, Ray said he has been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and manic depression, and that he had been living off of food stamps since he moved to Portland four months prior, The Oregonian reported.

He has previous convictions in Texas for providing false information and drug possession.

On Tuesday, Ray pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon and third-degree assault in connection with the attack on Aubuchon-Mendoza.

“Nothing will undo the trauma that the victims in this case experienced,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney BJ Park said in a news release, according to The Oregonian. “No one should ever be attacked. The fact that this happened to a first responder is shocking. Our paramedics help heal our community each day.”

“Jeremiah Ray must be held accountable for his actions, but we also recognize there can be alternative approaches that ensure he receives treatment while simultaneously promoting public safety,” Park said.

Dailey sentenced Ray to the maximum sentence of 14 days in jail – which he avoided post-sentencing with credit for time already served – followed by three years of probation, KATU reported.

He was also ordered to complete a mental health evaluation, and to participate in treatment, if deemed necessary, according to The Oregonian.

Paramedics who attended the sentencing hearing said that they have become “easy prey” in Portland, and that more needs to be done to help protect them from people like Ray, KATU reported.

“He was indicted with five felony counts,” Aubuchon-Mendoza told the court. “How he was released to the street, and how he’s…going to receive probation is a complete mystery to me.”

“We are powerless to protect ourselves,” another paramedic, Jeffrey Birre, told Dailey.

“Everyone treated us with respect because regardless of circumstance, we treated everyone the same, Birre said. “We were never targeted. This has changed. We are targeted as easy prey on the city streets of Portland.”

Dailey said that, in her “personal opinion,” the “mental health system is broken,” and urged AMR to pursue a law change with the Legislature.

“We do have resources that we can utilize to try and make sure our voice is heard there,” McDonald said. “I have full commitment that I intend to do that.”

Comments (19)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Time to open up some state run mental hospitals.

burgerallday
burgerallday

With you as the honorary first patient in lockdown with a straight jacket and muzzle.

JBo
JBo

So he got three years of probation and was ordered "to participate in treatment, if deemed necessary".

I'm impressed. That'll show him that there are severe consequences for trying to kill a paramedic. <sarc>

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

People like this are incurable, a drain on the system, and should be executed out of hand for the safety of the public. Change my mind.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm beginning to think the entire west coast of this country needs a mental health evaluation.

1sam80
1sam80

Until people wake up and realize that democrats are piece by piece destroying America this will just get worse.

gfc1963
gfc1963

What a joke! And people wonder why crimninalsd laugh at the justice system in ANY country! I'm British and we get this sort of stuff over here. Too many bleeding hearts who care more for criminals than they do teh victims.

Browndog
Browndog

Because of situations like these, and being called out into the unknown, and with some of the items these crews carry on board, I'm wondering; why aren't they trained and carrying weapons on them at all times?

If I was the head of their union, I'd be pushing for this hard.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Well, that is one way to STOP all paramedics from giving their medical support when needed! No excuse...my mom used to say don't bite the hand that feeds you....more or less, she was hot on it!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This story would have turned out much worse if he had had a handgun.

retiredcop
retiredcop

I agree with Dailey that our mental health system is broken. Many of these violent offenders with mental health issues are pretty much ok on meds but no one can force them to stay on their meds which places everyone in danger. It becomes a case where their civil rights trump everyone else's right to live .

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Well just address the white elephant in the room. This guy needs to vanish....... read between the lines on that one.... NO ONE deserves to walk free after an unprovoked attack on anyone, let alone a first responder. enough said.

61mouse
61mouse

The state where this happen says it all

gl1500rider
gl1500rider

Well, two thoughts.

  1. It was amr, and they’re a bunch of idiots, so who cares.
  2. If officer colis of the virginia beach pd can get off scott free after getting into an car accident, then knife and shoot at the volunteer firefighters that come to his rescue, I don’t see a problem with this guy...