Police investigate two Saturday stabbings

Find out who the police say was involved in the MAX Light Rail station stabbing at the 102nd Station – and why they’re looking for leads regarding a nighttime stabbing at a Mill Park Taco Bell restaurant …

Riding the rails wasn’t a safe activity on Saturday, March 26. Police say a gang-related stabbing took place here, at the 102nd Station.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
The MAX Light Rail ride for 21-year-old Henry De Andre Jumping Bull of Northeast Portland came to an abrupt end on Saturday, March 26, when he was stabbed in the abdomen about 1:00 p.m.

“Detectives believe that this stabbing was gang-related,” stated Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officer Lt. Kelli Sheffer as the details of the case unfolded.

Shortly after the attack occurred, PPB officers rolled up to the eastbound MAX station platform to find Jumping Bull bleeding. “The victim was transported to an area hospital, but refused to cooperate with police,” Sheffer said.

Witnesses at the 102nd MAX Station give police a good description of the alleged assailant and accomplice.

Witnesses’ on-scene said they saw a black male described as 5’8″ tall, weighing 160 pounds, with dreadlocks and glasses, run from the area. Officers also learned he was “in the company” of a white female with blond hair, about 5’3” and about 150 lbs, who fled the scene with the suspect male.

Police detectives caught up with the woman less than an hour after the attack, official records show.

Accused as an accomplice, 19-year-old Tiffany L. Ray is taken into custody soon after the alleged attack on the MAX Station platform.

“19-year-old Tiffany L. Ray was taken into custody and interviewed by assault detectives this evening,” Sheffer reported. “Ray was charged with Assault in the Third Degree for her participation in the stabbing, and lodged in the downtown Multnomah County Facility.”

Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) records show that Ray was released the following day.

While Jumping Bull underwent surgery – Sheffer said his injuries didn’t appear to be life-threatening – the hunt went on for the alleged knife-wielding attacker.

Police accuse this man, 18-year-old Otha Lee Williams, of the MAX Station stabbing.

“On Sunday March 27, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Portland Police arrested 18-year-old Otha Lee Williams in connection with a stabbing at the MAX platform,” Sheffer later announced. “Williams was charged with one count of Assault in the First Degree, and was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.”

MCDC records show that, at this time, Williams is still in custody – with $250,000 bail set on the Assault I (a Class A Felony) charge, and $5,000 bail on a Class B Misdemeanor of Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

Police search for ‘Taco Bell Knifeman’

A dispute got ugly in the parking lot of this Taco Bell, police say.

Also on March 26, at about 11:00 p.m., PPB East Precinct officers were called to the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood by reports that a man had been stabbed in the Taco Bell parking lot on SE Division Street at about SE 126th Avenue.

“When officers arrived, they found a 20-year-old male stabbed in the abdomen,” Sheffer informed us.

“Witnesses told police the victim and his friends were at the Taco Bell and noticed two other groups of men standing near the victim’s girlfriend’s vehicle,” stated Sheffer.

“The victim and his friend went outside to find out what the groups of men were doing near her car. An altercation between two of the men near the car and the victim and his friend took place. The victim was stabbed by the one of the men.”

If you have information that can help police solve the stabbing that took place in this restaurant’s parking lot, call in your tip.

The suspects fled the area before police arrived. The victim is in critical condition at an area hospital.

“There is no suspect description at this time, as police begin the investigation into the fight and stabbing,” Sheffer related. “The names of the victim and his associates are not being released.”

© 2011 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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