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UPDATE #2: Victim of Downtown Stabbing Identified - 02/02/23

The victim of the downtown stabbing Tuesday is identified as Jonathan D. Bennett, 34. His family has been notified of his death, and is requesting privacy as they grieve their loss. They are declining media interview requests at this time.

The medical examiner determined that Bennett died of homicide by stabbing.


***Original Messages Below***

A man has been arrested for the January 31st Downtown stabbing that left another man dead.

After conducting their initial investigation, homicide detectives arrested the previously detained individual, identified as 25-year-old Jonathan Grall. Grall was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of Murder in the Second Degree and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

More information will be released as the investigation allows.


On Tuesday, January 31st, at 10:57 p.m., officers from the Central Precinct responded to stabbing call in the 1200 block of Southwest Park Avenue. Officers arrived to find an adult male suffering from an apparent stab wound. Paramedics arrived to treat the victim but the male died at the scene. One person has been detained as a result of the investigation.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit has responded to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-2092 or Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-4033 and reference case number 23-29300.

During the investigation, Southwest Park Avenue and Southwest 9th Avenue will be closed between Southwest Main Street and Southwest Jefferson Street. The identity of the victim will be released after they are positively identified, the Medical Examiner has confirmed cause of death, and after family members have been notified.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.


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