UPDATED: Stabbing suspect steals patrol car; stabbing victim transported by Lifeflight

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: March 15, 2013

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Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #13-7985

UPDATE (March 15, 2013, 1:13 p.m.)

The victim in this case has been identified as Matthew Savage, age 33, of Beavercreek, OR. At last check his condition was listed as fair.

The motive for this attempted murder is still being investigated.  The use of methamphetamines by the suspect plays a significant role.

An updated photo of the suspect is now linked above.

Tara Axmaker, age 25, with an updated address of Clackamas, is at the Clackamas County Jail on the charges of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Theft I, Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer, Eluding a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, and a Parole Violation Warrant.  There is no bail at this time.

Axmaker is scheduled for a first appearance on March 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

EARLIER (March 15, 2013, 2:57 a.m.)

At about 1 a.m. on March 15, 2013, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at the 16800 block of South Howards Mill Road to investigate a report of a stabbing.

Several minutes later, another arriving deputy noticed a patrol car driving away from the location at a high rate of speed with no lights on.

A brief radio conversation confirmed the patrol car had been stolen, and the deputy pursued the stolen vehicle.

The pursuit ended when the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed near the intersection of Highway 213 and Molalla Road near Molalla, Oregon.

The suspect has been identified as Tara Axmaker, age 25, of Milwaukie, OR. She was not injured in the crash and was taken into custody. Initial charges are Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Attempt to Elude-Felony. Further charges are possible.

The victim of the stabbing was a 33-year-old white male who was known by the suspect. He was taken by Lifeflight to an area hospital. His status is unknown at this writing (March 15, 2013, 2:57 a.m.).

The incident remains under investigation by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives. No further information is available for release at this time.

Assitance was provided by the Molalla Police Department and the Oregon State Police.

The booking photo of the suspect is from a March 2013 jail sentence.



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Contact Info:
Adam Phillips, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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