Suspect stabs boy during sex assault attempt in a Wendy's bathroom

Suspect stabs boy during sex assault attempt in a Wendy's bathroom »Play Video
Adam Lee Brown.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A registered sex offender barricaded himself inside a Wendy's restaurant on Sunday after police say he grabbed a 10-year-old boy, pulled him into a restroom, tried to sexually assault the child and then stabbed the boy when he began fighting back.

The incident began around 2 p.m. at the Wendy's at Northeast 29th and Sandy Boulevard.

According to police, the suspect, 49-year-old Adam Lee Brown of Southwest Portland, was standing outside a restroom when the boy walked up to go to the bathroom.

Brown forced the boy inside, locked the door and attempted a sexual assault. The boy fought back and Brown pulled out a knife, stabbing him several times, police said.

The boy's father tried to open the door but had to get the manager to unlock it.

At that point, Brown opened the door, shoved the boy outside and then locked himself inside the restroom. Some people who were in the restaurant held the door shut until police arrived.

When officers got there and tried to talk to Brown, he claimed he had a gun and that's when crisis negotiators and SERT officers were called to the scene, Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland Police said.

Police then cleared people out of the immediate area and shut down nearby roads. After a couple of hours of talking to crisis negotiators, Brown came out and surrendered to police without incident.

Police found a knife that they believe was used in the assault but they never found a gun.

The young victim was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. He is now recovering from his injuries. He has not been identified.

Brown is facing charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree arson, coercion and furnishing false information to a police officer.

Brown, who is a registered sex offender, also had an outstanding warrant for a parole violation. He is due in court on Monday.

A note posted on entry doors and in the drive-through on Monday said the Wendy's location was closed for the day due to the incident.