Crime

Man stabbed after neighbors alert him to break-in

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- One man was seriously wounded after a stabbing late Wednesday night when he chased after a suspect who was broke into his garage and truck, KOIN 6 News learned.

The incident in the 7800 block of SE 92nd Avenue happened around 11:15 p.m. Neighbors spotted a man breaking into a garage and then the victim's work truck. They knocked on the victim's door and then the victim came outside and began chasing the suspect, who had his wallet and gas card.

When officers arrived they found the man -- who has not been publicly identified -- had a knife wound and rushed him by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment.  He's expected to survive.

Officers with K-9s searched the area and found the suspect -- later ID'd as 31-year-old Justin K. Sennert -- hiding in brush near SE 92nd and Flavel and took him into custody.

Sennert was taken to a hospital for treatment after he said he swallowed an unidentified substance. He was later released from the hospital and taken to the Multnomah County Jail. 

He now faces robbery and assault charges, plus delivery and possession of meth and possession of heroin.

'Constant break-ins here'

Noralee Nolan, who lives next door in the Crystal Springs Condominiums to the man who was stabbed, said she's not surprised this happened.

"There's always constant break-ins throughout the streets between down here, with all the homeless people camping out right there and on the sides," Nolan said. 

"A lot of them are addicts, so they break into cars and garages and stuff," she said. 

Her neighbor got stabbed, she said, after chasing a car prowler.

"They had broken into his garage first and then got into his truck and took his wallet and his gas card," Noland told KOIN 6 News. "It's upsetting, you know? He tried to get his own property back and the guy that stole it from him thought it was necessary to take further action stabbing him. You know? An innocent guy stabbed for trying to get his wallet. It's sad."

She added she doesn't feel safe and usually walks with her boyfriend. She's tired of all the crime and break-ins in the area.

"The city needs to be doing more to help us pedestrians be safe," she said. "But they don't."


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