Homeless woman stabs another camper near Flavel St.

The hot weather may have caused tempers to boil over …

Police investigate a stabbing that witnesses say took place in a large homeless camp, under the Flavel Street overpass, near Johnson Creek.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Activity on a hot, indolent afternoon at a homeless camp, located under the Flavel Street Overpass, just east of SE 92nd Avenue, became active on June 25 at 4:33 p.m., when a woman was repeatedly stabbed there.

A man, reportedly associated with the camp, told a TriMet bus driver near the Flavel Street MAX Station about the incident, and the driver reported the violence to the 9-1-1 Center.

Police arriver at the intersection of SE 92nd Avenue and Flavel Drive.

Within ten minutes, eleven Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct and Transit Police officers arrived in the area.

“When the cops showed up, everyone scattered,” said William Ingersoll. “I was walking to the MAX station when it happened, and I could see them scrambling in [Johnson] Creek, along the bank – all over the place.”

When a PPB East Precinct car pulls onto the Springwater Trail, campers scatter.

An officer at the scene told East Portland News that one transient said he’d stayed behind because he knew he was clear of warrants, and he’d already used up his drugs for the day.

“Officers and medical personnel located an adult female victim suffering from multiple injuries,” stated PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “She was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.”

While a witness waits, an officer talks with the TriMet bus driver who called in the incident.
Officers learned from several people staying at the homeless camp that the victim and suspect had both been staying at a camp along Johnson Creek, underneath the Flavel Street overpass, Simpson said.

“The women got into an argument, and the suspect stabbed the victim, and then ran out of the area,” Simpson continued. “The suspect is described as a white female, 40 to 45 years old, 5’6″ tall, 150 pounds, long hair, wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, and rubber boots.”

Two PPB East Precinct sergeants check in with another officer, driving up the Springwater Trail on the north side of SE Flavel Street.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Assault Detectives at 503-823-0400.

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