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Springfield man accused of trying to murder roommate

A Springfield man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he attempted to murder his roommate the day before.

Posted: Jul 14, 2020 4:28 AM
Updated: May 3, 2021 10:18 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- A Springfield man was arrested early Tuesday morning after police say he attempted to murder his roommate the day before.

Springfield police say they received a call on Monday, July 13, at about 1:30 p.m. for an assault at 1024 R Street. When officers arrived, they found the victim holding a bloody cloth to his chin. 

The victim told police that his roommate, Joseph Ruiz Wolf, 20, had tried to cut his throat but cut his chin instead. 

The victim described the incident saying he was on a Zoom meeting when Wolf came downstairs holding a knife and without saying a word attempted to slash the victim's throat. As Wolf attempted again, the victim started screaming for help and wrestled with Wolf. 

At some point Wolf calmed down and said, "Show me your throat." The victim was able to kick Wolf in the face and got out of the apartment. 

The victim told police that he last saw Wolf leave the apartment and then walk down R Street. 

Later, at about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, a sergeant was driving down Debra Street when he spotted Wolf. When he turned his vehicle around to speak to Wolf, he was gone. 

That is when Springfield police dog Gryff and his handler began searching the area. They found Wolf at about 1:30 a.m. hiding in a backyard on Rose Blossom Drive. 

Wolf was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder, assault and unlawful use of a weapon. 

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