Provided by Oregon State Police
The suspect sought in connection with Saturday morning’s stabbing at a remote camping site in Clatsop County was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) Monday evening. The suspect, SCOTT ROBERT BRANDON, age 26, from southwest Portland, contacted OSP following media reports regarding the investigation and made arrangements to turn himself in.
According to OSP Detective Aaron Jackson, BRANDON was arrested August 1st at the OSP Portland Area Command office and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Assault in the Second Degree. Arrangements will be made to transfer BRANDON to Clatsop County pending an appearance in Clatsop County Circuit Court.
Previously released information indicated on July 30th at approximately 8:00 a.m. the suspect, BRANDON, and the 30-year old male victim, Jeremy Daniel Peat from Gresham, were part of a large group of about 50 people camping off Wolf Creek Road about five miles north of Highway 26 in Clatsop County. The suspect and victim became involved in a verbal argument during which the suspect allegedly sprayed the victim’s face with a chemical agent similar to mace. As the victim tried to defend himself, the suspect stabbed the victim once in the abdomen with a knife described as a bayonet.
Others present at the scene overpowered the suspect and disarmed him. The suspect then fled on foot into the woods. A search that evening by troopers and deputies failed to find him.
The victim was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Beaverton by two people at the camp site. OSP was notified by hospital staff and started an investigation led by Detective Jackson. Peat is still being treated at the hospital but his injury is believed non-life threatening.