PORTLAND -- The sex offender arrested in Portland Sunday for attacking and stabbing a 10-year-old boy in a Wendy's restroom was on parole for abusing children, police said.

He's sick, said the ex-wife of Adam Brown. He's a monster.

According to Portland Police, Brown was held captive in the Wendy's bathroom by restaurant patrons following the alleged attack on the 10-year-old boy.

The Oregon state sex offender registry lists Brown, 49, as a predatory sex offender known to target children ages 2 to 8.

Court records showed in the early 1990s, Brown was charged with 43 criminal counts, including attempted murder and rape, in connection to a series of sexual assaults against children inDouglas County. Prosecutors said he exposed several children to the HIVvirus through sexual contact but those charges were dropped in a plea deal.

Brown ultimately pleaded guilty to three counts of sodomy and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was released after serving 11 years.

He needs to die, said Brown's ex-wife. There's no other punishment for him.

Brown pleaded not guilty to Sunday's attack. He faces charges of attempted murder, four counts of first-degree assault, first-degree sex abuse, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree arson, coercion, and furnishing false information to a police officer.

Police responded just after 2 p.m. to the Wendy's restaurant in the 2900 block of NE Sandy Boulevard. They were told that Brown had grabbed a boy and forced him into the restroom. Then, Brown tried to sexually assault the boy, who screamed and started fighting back, according to said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.

During the struggle, the boy was stabbed multiple times. His father heard screams and tried to open the restroom door, but it was locked from the inside. A manager brought a key, then Brown unlocked the door and pushed the boy out, Simpson said.

The boy was rushed to a hospital and underwent surgery. His stab wounds would have been life-threatening had he not received immediate attention, Simpson said.

Patrons pushed against the bathroom door, trapping Brown inside until police arrived and evacuated the restaurant. Brown told police he had a gun, so a Special Emergency Response Team was activated, Simpson said.

Brown surrendered about two hours later. Police found a knife in the restroom believed to be used in the attack, Simpson said. No gun was found.

Last year, Brown had his parole transferred fromDouglas to Multnomah County, where he was being supervised as a high risk offender.

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