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News Release
UPDATE: Suspect in Stabbing, Standoff Identified - 03/27/24

The suspect in Wednesday morning’s stabbing and standoff in the Hazelwood Neighborhood has been identified as Beka Nebi Dekebo. The 29-year-old was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges: Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (Constituting Domestic Violence) and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Constituting Domestic Violence).

The Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the community for exercising patience during this hours-long incident.

Anyone with information about this case, who has not yet spoken to investigators, is asked to email crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-74647.


###Original Messages Below###

On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 2:21 a.m., officers from the East Precinct responded to the TriMet MAX stop at East Burnside Street and Southeast 122 Avenue on a female who had been stabbed multiple times. The woman was not assaulted on the MAX stop, she went there for help. A community member called on the victim’s behalf and waited until officers arrived. Once officers arrived, they provided the victim with first aid until paramedics arrived and transported her to an area hospital. The woman is expected to survive.

Officers were able to gather enough information to identify the suspect, his location and developed a plan to contact him. When officers attempted to contact the suspect, he yelled at officers that he would shoot them. Officers then moved away from the apartment and requested the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) respond to assist.

Officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect for hours. After unsuccessful negotiations, members of SERT made entry into the third story apartment and took the suspect into custody. The suspect was transported to East Precinct to be interviewed by detectives. The suspect’s name and charges will be released once he is booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

This incident is now resolved. Officers will be clearing the scene and opening streets shortly. There is no ongoing risk to the public and anyone with information about this incident who has not yet spoken to investigators is asked to please email crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-74647.


###Original Message Below###

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to the Hazelwood Neighborhood for a stabbing suspect who is barricaded in an apartment in the 12100 block of East Burnside. Streets in the surrounding area are closed to vehicle traffic. A PIO is responding to the scene. Responding media can go to the northeast corner of East Burnside and Northeast 122nd Avenue.


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