Police: Dispute leads Hermiston man to stab friend in moving car

HERMISTON, Ore. - An argument in a moving car escalated to one person getting stabbed in the stomach, potentially grazing an organ, according to the Hermiston Police Department. 

Officers found Jentry Wedge, 25, of Umatilla with a stab wound from a knife in the 800 block of North 1st street around 9:45 p.m. Monday, police said. 

He was driving in a car with Hermiston residents Alex Ortega, 25, and Nina Hodges, 22, when Ortega stabbed him during an argument. Police did not say what caused the dispute, but they did note that both Wedge and Ortega had dated Hodges in the past. 

Ortega was arrested for 2nd degree assault. Hodges was arrested on a probation violation for being involved in the incident.

Wedge was transported to Good Shepard Hospital. His injuries did not appear life-threatening. 

“This isolated and quickly contained incident involved three persons known to each other with what we believe was a very unique ‘friendship’ leading to a dispute taking place inside a moving vehicle,” Chief Jason Edmiston said. 

All three involved persons have had numerous contacts with local law enforcement over the years, police said. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

Note: Police said they responded to a 911 call reporting someone had been thrown out of a vehicle. This did not actually happen. The involved parties exited the vehicle voluntarily. 


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