Teen stabbed during Gateway MAX Station ‘rumble’

Officials aren’t saying much – but, read why they believe this assault did not occur during a chance meet-up …

Police rush to the Gateway Transit Station, investigating a “rumble” that ends with a teenage stabbing victim. Still frame from Noah Patraw video

By David F. Ashton
The fight that left a teenager with stab wounds at the Gateway Transit Station at about 7:40 p.m. on June 9 wasn’t a dust-up between strangers, it appears.

“A preliminary investigation indicates that all parties involved know each other,” Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officer Sgt. Peter Simpson told East Portland News.

A PPB K-9 team tracks the scent of the suspect. Still frame from Noah Patraw video

“There was a group of people meeting at the Gateway Transit Station to fight, when the stabbing occurred,” Simpson said.

PPB East Precinct and Transit Police Division officers converged on the outer East Portland MAX station, located at 1101 NE 99th Avenue, to look for the suspect, while medical first-responders prepared the stabbing victim for transport.

The 15-year-old stabbing victim is loaded into an ambulance, moments before being rushed to the hospital. Still frame from Noah Patraw video

“15-year-old male, suffering from traumatic but not life-threatening injuries, was transported to a local hospital for medical care,” reported Simpson.

It didn’t take long for a PPB K-9 team to sniff out the knifeman. “Officers located the suspect, a 14-year-old male, and took him into custody,” Simpson said. “He was later released into his parents’ custody.”

This MAX station is shut down, while the investigation continues. Still frame from Noah Patraw video

Now, it’s up to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office to decide what charges, if any, will be brought in this case.

© 2013 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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