Shirtless intruder slashed by victim

Find out how this resident protected his home, after a ‘high-looking’ man burst into his outer East Portland apartment …

People who live in this Centennial neighborhood apartment complex are still wary, after a weird break-in on Sunday morning.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Residents of the Emerald Park Apartments, in outer East Portland on SE 148th Avenue – about a block south of Stark Street – are still unsettled by a bizarre home invasion that unfolded at 8 a.m. on May 21.

The shirtless suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Noel Stivensson, by all accounts kicked in the door of an apartment, and was acting “out of it” according to its resident, who asked not to be identified.

The resident said the trespasser “appeared to be high” and, out of concern for his own safety, took a knife in hand and chased Stivensson out the door and into the parking lot where he turned and confronted the resident – and got sliced in the ribcage for it – before taking off again on foot.

Following the pursuit on their police radios, officers come into the area.

“East Precinct officers responded to a call about a man, wearing no shirt, being chased by another man who was yelling that the shirtless man broke into his apartment,” recounted Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

As the suspect/victim foot pursuit headed away from the apartment complex, callers to the 9-1-1 Center kept officers updated on pair’s direction of travel.

“The suspect ran to an approaching police car and got into the passenger seat,” Simpson said. “The officer got the suspect out of the police car and attempted to take him into custody, but the suspect broke away and ran – and then attempted to force entry into another home, but was repelled by the residents,” he added.

The intruder tries to escape his victim by hopping into a police car – then dashes away, and next attempts to enter a passing car.

Then, Stivensson tried to hop in the passenger side of a passing car as officers arrived. “Officers took him into custody in the area of SE 148th Avenue and Mill Street,” Simpson said.

Emergency medical personnel were call to the scene, and treated Stivensson  for “agitation” and the cutting wounds he’d suffered in the confrontation with the first victim.

The intruder is subdued, and taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

After returning to his home, the resident confirmed that his family was safe, and said that he had no regrets about his actions. He’s not expected to face criminal charges, confirmed Simpson.

Stivensson, who was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and drug impairment, is still under medical care, as of this report. Upon his release, Simpson said he’ll be either be booked into jail or will receive criminal citations from the investigating officers.

© 2017 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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