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Suspect, victim identified in deadly White City stabbing

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has identified the man accused of stabbing a woman to death at a house in White City on Thursday.

Posted: Oct 23, 2020 5:36 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has identified the man accused of stabbing a woman to death at a house in White City on Thursday.

According to the Sheriff's Office, dispatch received a report for an "assault with a weapon" incident just after 10 a.m. on Thursday at 8005 Gladstone Avenue in White City. Deputies arrived to find a woman dead at the scene. The suspect had apparently run away.

"The investigation has determined that the victim was stabbed with a knife by a male who frequented the address," JCSO said in a statement. "The victim was a resident at the house."

The victim was identified on Friday as 63-year-old Amanda Gail Berthelot of White City.


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Deputies found the suspect about 90 minutes after the stabbing, tracking him to a mobile home park less than a mile away on Falcon Street. At the time, he was detained on a parole violation for an original charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, then lodged at Jackson County Jail.

The Sheriff's Office identified the suspect on Friday as 24-year-old Hector Cruz Orozco, a man with "multiple listed addresses in White City."

Orozco now faces charges for Murder, Animal Abuse I, and Tampering with Evidence. JCSO said that the animal abuse charge stems from an earlier incident, when Orozco allegedly killed a dog.

The case will now go before a Jackson County Grand Jury to consider the evidence for possible indictment.

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