Multiple Mill Park stabbings said to be gang-related

Learn why police are asking for your help to identify the gangster who sent four people to the hospital with stab wounds …

Over and over again, police respond to a very rowdy party, just a half-block from this intersection.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
What started out as a birthday party, on Saturday night, August 11, turned into a brawl – ending in a bloody fight – hours later.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were called to a house in the outer East Portland Mill Park Neighborhood on SE 115th Avenue, about a half block north of SE Division Street, several times that evening, according to PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson

“Officers responded to several calls at the residence, over the course of several hours Saturday evening into Sunday morning, on reports of noise, multiple fights, and a large bonfire – all related to a birthday party at the residence,” Simpson said.

Then, at 2:54 a.m. on August 12, officers again rolled over to the party house. “They were responding to a report of several people fighting in the street,” explained Simpson. “Officers arrived in the area, and did not find anyone fighting, or any victims.”

Although victims scatter when police arrive on scene, their injuries from stabbings are serious enough to send four people to a hospital.

But, there were, indeed, victims.
At 3:13 a.m., the Gresham Police Department responded to the report of four stabbing victims arriving at Mt. Hood Medical Center.

“The four victims have been identified as: 19-year-old Jorge Salazar; 18-year-old Ramses Martines; 19-year-old Loni Ice; and, 20-year-old Marcela Hernandez,” Simpson said. “None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.”

Both the victims and suspects are associated to known Hispanic gangs in the Portland area, Simpson added. “The Portland Police Bureau’s Gang Enforcement Team and the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team are working jointly to investigate the stabbings.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case. The suspect was described to police as: A male Hispanic, 17-18 years old, 5’6″ tall, stocky/muscular build, short black hair, tattoos on both forearms, black T-shirt, brown cargo shorts, and black shoes.

This Mill Park Neighborhood street is quite the night following the incident. How long it will remain peaceful remains in question.

If you have one, you can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at their website: CLICK HERE to open it. Or, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

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