Salem stranger stabs man after borrowing his phone

Crime

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A man says he was stabbed by a stranger while walking in Salem at night. 

Darin Harris, 20, told KOIN 6 News he was walking along Market Street NE on the night of May 23 when he noticed someone was following him. 

A man says he was stabbed by a stranger while walking in Salem on Thursday night, May 23, 2019. (KOIN) 

Harris, who had just gotten off of work at a nearby convenience store and was on his way to meet a friend, said the stranger asked him if he had a cell phone he could use. 

Not wanting to lie, Harris handed over his phone for the man to use. 

After two unsuccessful attempts to get ahold of someone, the stranger told Harris he was taking his phone and threatened to stab him. 

Harris said he didn’t see a knife, so he decided to chase the thief. But when he caught up to the man near Market Street NE and 21st Street NE, he stabbed Harris in the stomach and shoulder. 

At first, Harris thought the stranger had missed. 

“I realized once I opened up my jacket and saw it covered in blood,” Harris said. 

The wounded man continued walking until he found the friend he was supposed to meet. His friend promptly called 9-1-1 and Harris was taken to a hospital. 

Harris worries his attacker, who had not yet been found, will hurt someone else. The suspect is thought to be in his late 20s or early 30s, has a goatee and was wearing a black button-down shirt at the time of the attack.

If you know anything, please call the Salem Police Department at 503.588.6123.

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