Man charged with attempted murder
By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
A Stayton man is being held without bail after allegedly trying to push a co-worker into a running wood chipper.
Keizer Police Department was contacted by an employee of a Salem tree service working in the 900 block of Moneda Avenue North about 2 p.m. Thursday, April 27. The caller reported that one employee “snuck up” behind a co-worker, assaulted him and attempted to throw him into a wood chipper. The incident had occurred about 45 minutes prior to contacting police.
Investigating officers learned that the victim was loading brush into the wood chipper when his co-worker – identified as Scott Edward Iverson, 26, of Stayton – came up behind him and put him in a chokehold while pushing his torso over onto the feeding table of the machine.
The struggle continued and the victim told police Iverson attempted to push him into the wood chipper a second time. A third co-worker spotted the altercation and intervened by pulling Iverson off the victim. Iverson then reportedly walked away from the scene on foot.
Kris Adams, a neighbor a few doors down from where the incident occurred, said she had just pulled into her driveway and looked down the street toward the noise.
“They were just going at it. The guy getting beat up was a little bigger it looked like, but the smaller guy was just pounding on him,” Adams said. “The little guy looked pretty strong and the thing that absolutely terrified me was he was walking him right toward the wood chipper.”
Adams said she started to approach them men and had her cell phone out to call 9-1-1 when the other worker intervened.
“The victim’s face was bloodied when it was all over,” Adams said.
The victim told police he was unaware of any reason for the attack, but that he feared for his life at the time.
Investigators located Iverson at a restaurant and lounge in Stayton about 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, and he was taken into custody without incident.
He was taken to Marion County Correctional Facility where he is being held without bail on one count of assault in the fourth degree and one count of attempting to commit a Class A felony (murder).
According to court records, Iverson’s only prior run-in with police was an arrest from driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Anyone having any information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Ben Howden at 503-390-3713 Ext. 3525.