On December 18th, 2017, at about 9:45 p.m., the Hermiston Police Department received a 911 call, advising a male victim was thrown from a vehicle in the 800 block of North 1st Street. Responding officers learned the victim, identified as Jentry P. Wedge, 25 years of age of Umatilla, OR, had also been stabbed in the abdomen by an acquaintance. Wedge was admitted to Good Shepherd Hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Officers arrested Alex Ortega, age 25, of Hermiston, on an allegation of Assault in the Second Degree and lodged him in the Umatilla County Jail. The vehicle in question a 1996 Honda Civic is owned by Ortega and is where the alleged crime(s) are believed to have taken place. The vehicle was impounded and a search warrant is being served as of the time of this release going out.
Also arrested for involvement in this incident was Nina J. Hodges, 22 years of age of Hermiston. Hodges was arrested on a probation violation only, and lodged at the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton.
This is very much an ongoing investigation and additional information may be released as it becomes available but not likely until tomorrow. The Hermiston Police Department was assisted by the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, the Stanfield Police Department, and the Oregon State Police.
Chief Jason Edmiston stated “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. Statements to include what we believe can be considered a confession has been obtained. All three of these individuals have had numerous contacts with area law enforcement over the years.”