Man faces murder charges for double stabbing in NE Portland


Cassy Leaton was 22, Nate Hobbs was 39

A booking photo of Phillip Lawrence Nelson, June 19, 2020. (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An arrest has been made in the NE Portland stabbing that led to the death of a man and woman on Tuesday afternoon.

According to court documents, Phillip Lawrence Nelson was arrested after Cassy Leaton and Najaf “Nate” Hobbs were stabbed near Northeast Davis Street. He is facing two counts of first-degree murder.

On Thursday, Portland police said the pair had died and their families had been notified. Leaton was 22, Hobbs was 39.

Cassy Leaton, 22, and Nate Hobbs, 39, died after being stabbed on June 16, 2020 in Northeast Portland. (Photos released by PPB)

2 die after being stabbed in Northeast Portland

Detectives are working with both the state medical examiner and the Multnomah County DA on this case. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Rico Beniga at 503.823.0457 or Detective Scott Broughton at 503.823.3774.

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