Officers respond to calls for help from vehicle in the area of Northwest Naito Parkway and Northwest 9th Avenue early Sunday.

KOIN 6 NEWS - Portland police vehciles.Police arrested the driver of a Cadillac for allegedly stabbing a passenger in the Pearl District early Sunday.

The name of the female victim was not immediately released. Police say she was treated at the scene and released.

Curtis C. Watkins, 69, was arrested and lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of assault in the second degree and unlawful use of a weapon.

According to police, the investigation began at 5:02 a.m. on April 15 when a Central Precinct officer in the area of Northwest Naito Parkway and Northwest 9th Avenue observed a person in distress.

As the officer was responding to an unrelated call for service, she drove by a black Cadillac CTS and heard an occupant calling for assistance. The officer immediately positioned her patrol vehicle to contact the occupants of the Cadillac and requested additional officers respond to the area.

Officers then performed a traffic stop and contacted the occupants of the Cadillac. When the vehicle stopped, the victim exited the vehicle and said she had been stabbed. The suspect exited the driver's door of the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.

During the preliminary investigation, officers learned the victim and suspect — the only occupants of the Cadillac — were involved in an altercation in the vehicle. The driver reportedly assaulted the victim with a knife during the altercation.

During a search, officers located and seized a knife inside the Cadillac.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail responded to lead the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident or Watkins should contact Detective Michael Greenlee at 503-823-0416 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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