PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Police arrested a man early Saturday after they said he slashed two people with a knife in Downtown Portland.
Central Precinct officers were called to the area of SW 13th Avenue and SW Columbia Street around 2:00 a.m. on reports someone trying to stab people passing by. Upon their arrival, officers found two victims with serious cuts; one person had a cut on the arm, the other person’s cut was on the ear.
Witnesses say they saw a confrontation between the man with a knife and the victim at the corner of SW 13th and Columbia. At one point, the victim ran behind some shrubs in an effort to put a small tree in between themselves and the suspect. Witnesses said the victim was bleeding at that point.
Witnesses believe that the person with the arm injury was the initial victim, and the other person cut on the ear had tried to stop the suspect by grabbing or tackling him. The victim with the arm injury was taken to a hospital for treatment. Both injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
One neighbor also said they believed others tried to step in to stop the attack and were nicked in the process, but didn’t stick around to talk to police officers.
Officers arrested the suspect without further incident. The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Hillsboro resident Travis Sadler, according to police. He faces charges of assault and the unlawful use of a weapon.