All-night booze party leads to early morning stabbing

Here’s why police closed off much of the intersection of SE 142nd Avenue at SE Division Street on Tuesday morning …

In the darkness of early morn, police officers are called to an outer East Portland intersection on the boundary of three neighborhoods to find a man, stabbed and bleeding.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
A caller to 9-1-1 before dawn on Tuesday, November 29, alerted East Precinct officers from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) to “a man down”, bloodied and stabbed, lying in the street at SE 142nd Avenue at SE Division Street.

“When officers arrived at 5:21 a.m., they learned that two suspects had fled the area on foot,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson, “so the officers established a neighborhood perimeter. One person was detained, after officers searching at SE 137th and Division saw him walking away from the scene.”

Taking no chances, a K-9 unit was brought into the neighborhood to look for the other reported suspect.

“The victim, 31-year-old Antereas Uehara, suffered a serious stab wound to the abdomen, and is now in serious condition at an area hospital,” Simpson disclosed.

“Detectives learned that the suspect and victim are friends, and were drinking alcohol at a nearby apartment when they got into an argument,” Simpson later said, as the case unfolded. “Both men went outside and continued to argue and began to fight.”

Police charge this man, 26-year-old Tenvin T. Finonen with Assault in the Second Degree. MCSO photo

“Detectives have charged 26-year-old Tenvin Finonen with Assault in the Second Degree,” revealed Simpson. “They believe Finonen stabbed Uehara in the abdomen, then fled on foot.”

Asked about the other individual officers tracked down, Simpson added, “It was a mutual friend who chased after Finonen after the stabbing, and is not a suspect in this case.”

Finonen remains in custody on charges of Assault I and Assault II, with bail set at $250,000 for each charge.

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