Man sentenced to 10 years after attacks on homeless

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Dickens was indicted on the 3 separate cases

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Juan Sensational Dickens received a 10-year sentence for his attacks on numerous homeless people.

The 34-year-old was convicted on Friday after changing his plea to 2 counts of aggravated murder, 1 count of attempted murder and 1 count of assault.

Dickens was indicted on 3 separate cases.

The most recent attack happened November 17, 2018 when a man was stabbed in the late afternoon around NW 6th and Irving. The victim said he was talking to other people when Dickens allegedly confronted him. The victim got off his bicycle and was stabbed on the left side of his ribs. He was rushed to a hospital and lost his spleen from the attack, court documents showed.

The corner of Northwest 6th and Irving in Portland, January 16, 2019 (KOIN)

The victim was able to identify Dickens as his attacker. Police arrested him December 7.

That led investigators to connect him to 2 earlier violent crimes, the DA’s office said.

Dickens was accused of trying to kill a man around SW Naito Parkway under the Burnside Bridge on August 17, 2015, as well as attacking a man with a chain on September 4, 2017, also near the Burnside Bridge.

He was arraigned on the stabbing December 18, 2018 and for the 2 earlier crimes on January 16, 2019.

Dickens faced a total of 9 charges: Attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, robbery, assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Dickens has an extensive criminal history including 15 felony convictions, many involving cocaine and heroin.

If you know of any additional assaults that have not been reported, you’re asked to contact Portland police.

‘He let his anger get the best of him’

Dickens’ ex-girlfriend, Michelle, told KOIN 6 News they were together off and on for 5 years. She described him as a college graduate with a big heart who looks out for a lot of people.

“He’s not exactly the violent person that this is actually making him look out to be,” she said. “He got himself in the middle of some unfortunate stuff and he let his anger get the best of him in the matter of a split second instead of thinking about it. And I think that’s what this is right now.”

Dickens, whose nickname is Sen “because of Sensational is his middle name,” is well known on the streets, Michelle said. He wouldn’t just hurt somebody, she said, but “he didn’t take a step back just to think about it first.”

She hopes he “gets whatever help that it is he needs to maybe get him out of being angry or just doing better for himself. … He’s very capable of doing a lot better, so I wish him the best.”

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