Hazelwood stabbing death leads to murder charges

Officials say it was an argument that led to this untimely death. Find out right here what we’ve learned in the case …

Sounds of approaching emergency vehicles wake Hazelwood residents as police find, not a motorcycle accident, but a stabbing death.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
NE Clackamas St., just east of NE 102nd Avenue, was closed off with yellow and red police tape in the wee hours of Saturday, July 10 – and for most of day. Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives and Forensics Unit members gathered evidence, after a stabbing death occurred in the driveway of townhomes there.

Oddly enough, the original call came in as a motorcycle accident, according to Police Bureau spokesman Sergeant Greg Stewart.

“Officers arrived at 3:15 a.m. and began an investigation,” related Stewart. “At the scene, officers located one deceased subject. Officers requested detectives to assist in a death investigation, as the fatality did not appear to be due to a motorcycle accident. A second adult male suffered non-life threatening injuries.”

Police say this man, 30-year-old Carroll Williams, died as a result of stab wounds, not a motorcycle wreck.

All through the next day, the Portland Police Bureau’s Mobile Precinct serves as the command post as detectives and forensic technicians examine the scene.

Dies of ‘sharp force injury’
It wasn’t a motorcycle incident that killed the victim, Stewart later indicated. “The Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that he died of sharp force injury. Portland Police Detectives are releasing the name of the victim in last nights fatal stabbing: He is 30-year-old Carroll Williams.”

Detectives believe that Williams was visiting friends when he got into an argument with another person which resulted in a fight, Stewart continued. “This fight culminated in Mr. Williams being fatally stabbed.”

At Forensics Division technician looks over the crime scene, marked by red tape, for material evidence.

Police charge this man, Thomas Allen Kolpin, with murder, in the stabbing death of Carroll Williams.

Suspect taken into custody
On Monday, July 12, with the help of the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, Portland Police Homicide Detectives made an arrest in the case. “Taken into custody was 27-year-old Thomas A. Kolpin, in connection with the stabbing death of Carroll Williams,” announced Stewart.

According to Multnomah County Corrections Department records, Kolpin remains in custody without bail available on two charges – Unlawful Use of a Weapon, a Class C Felony; and Murder, a Class A Felony.

Anyone with information concerning the case is asked to call Detective Mark Slater at (503) 823-9319.

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