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News Release
Officers Arrest Suspect After Assault with Knife in the Pearl District - One Person Injured - 04/15/18

On Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 5:02 a.m., a Central Precinct officer was in the area of Northwest Naito Parkway and Northwest 9th Avenue when she observed a person in distress.

As a Central Precinct officer was responding to an unrelated call for service she drove by a black Cadillac CTS near the intersection of Northwest Naito Parkway and Northwest 9th Avenue. When the officer drove by the Cadillac, she heard an occupant calling for assistance. The officer immediately positioned her patrol vehicle to contact the occupants of the Cadillac and requested additional officers respond to the area.

Officers performed a traffic stop and contacted the occupants of the Cadillac. When the vehicle stopped the adult female victim exited the vehicle and informed officers she had been stabbed. The suspect exited the driver's door of the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.

Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and treated the victim for the injury. The victim did not require transport to an area hospital by ambulance for her injury.

During the preliminary investigation, officers learned the victim and suspect - the only occupants of the Cadillac - were involved in an altercation in the vehicle. The driver reportedly assaulted the victim with a knife during the altercation.

During a search, officers located and seized a knife inside the Cadillac.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail responded to lead the investigation.

The suspect has been identified as 69-year-old Curtis C. Watkins. Watkins was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Anyone with information about this incident or Watkins should contact Detective Michael Greenlee at 503-823-0416 or Michael.Greenlee@portlandoregon.gov


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