TILLAMOOK - A Portland man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault stemming from a campground stabbing incident.

Igor Anatolevech Shkurenkov, 38, was arrested July 12 by Tillamook County sheriff's deputies at the Sand Lake Recreation Area outside Cloverdale. State police assisted deputies in responding to a report that a man was bleeding after he had been stabbed in the back by what has been described as a fillet knife, according to Sheriff Todd Anderson.

Shkurenkov pleaded not guilty to both of the charges. He had been indicted in Tillamook County Circuit Court, said Bev Lutz, court administrator.

He remains in custody in Tillamook County Jail, Lutz said today. His court-appointed attorney, Tim Dunn of Aloha, had sought release to an outside party but Judge David Hantke denied the request, she said.

The victim, 28-year-old Eugene Pahonsky of Portland, had been staying at the same campsite and allegedly got into an argument with Shkurenkov about a woman who was with them, Anderson said. Pahonsky was treated at Tillamook County General Hospital and released the next day.

The case is being prosecuted by Squire Bozorth, a deputy district attorney for Tillamook County. A two-day jury trial is set to begin Oct. 1.

A cash security deposit required for Shkurenkov's release had been set at $100,000.

Shkurenkov did not resist arrest when deputies located him shortly after responding to the report of the stabbing, at 6 p.m. He was found roughly a quarter of a mile outside the campground, on Galloway Road.

A person in the area had notified deputies of a man resembling the description provided by the victim, Anderson said.

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