Man threatens market worker with sword; she takes him down
The day started off oddly at the Everyday Food Mart & Deli, 7020 S.E. Foster Road, on Wednesday, March 14.
At 6:44 a.m., a 6'1" man, armed with a knife and a fencing sword, entered and threatened – and then apparently attacked – a female employee.
It wasn't difficult for Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers to find the man when they arrived, though; the attack victim took down her assailant, and kept him pinned to the floor while calling for police.
"Officers found the victim detaining the suspect, and took the suspect into custody without incident," confirmed Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley.
Emergency medical personnel responded and provided first aid to the victim until she was taken to a local hospital with "what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries," Burley said.
Looking a bit worse for the encounter was the man police arrested, 63-year-old Michael Joseph Delsman, who was booked into Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 9:50 a.m. that morning on a charge of Assault in the First Degree, a Class A Felony.
At Delsman's arraignment later that day in Multnomah County Court, the judge upheld the charge, and the District Attorney's office also filed a charge of Intimidation in the First Degree, a Class C Felony.
Delsman remains in custody at MCDC in lieu of $255,000 combined bail. His motive remains a mystery; and even with a knife and a sword, he proved to be no match for the woman he chose to attack.