Police have a arrested the man suspected of stabbing an off-duty firefighter in a Southwest Portland taven on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Police say that at 6:09 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 21, North Precinct Officers received an anonymous tip that the suspect was in the area of the 5900 block of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Officers arrived in the area and located 30 year-old Carroll McClendon. He was arrested without incident.
McClendon was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of assault II and unlawful use of a weapon.
McClendon is accused of stabbing an off-duty Portland Fire & Rescue lieutenant at the Kingston Sports Bar & Grill on Southwest Morrison Street in the Goose Hollow neighborhood. He left before officers arrived but was identified by surveillance video.
Police say McClendon does not have a "fixed address" but can usually be spotted downtown or in the Inner Southeast areas of the city. He was arrested in June, 2018 after he allegedly menaced a woman inside a laundromat, eventually pulling a knife and stealing her food. He has nine felony convictions, 13 misdemeanor convictions and 25 parole violations on his record, including for assaulting police, first-degree criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and first-degree burglary, court docs show.
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Police are looking for a suspect who stabbed an off-duty Portland fire bureau lieutenant in a Southwest Portland tavern Saturday evening.
The name of the victim was not immediately released. He suffered non-life threatening injuries, and was treated at a hospital and released.
Police released surveillance camera images of the suspect. He is described as a male, mid-20's in age, 5-foot-4-inches to 5-foot-8-inches tall, about 170 pounds, with black crew-cut hair, unshaven face, an athletic build, olive colored skin, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.
According to police, at 8:04 p.m. on Jan. 18, Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a stabbing at the Kingston Sports Bar & Grill, 2021 SW Morrison St.
When officers arrived, they found the stabbing victim in the bar. He was conscious, talking to officers, and had cuts to his upper arm and upper torso.
Portland Fire & Rescue and American Medical Response paramedics also responded and treated the stab wounds. The victim was transported to a hospital by ambulance.
Officers learned that the suspect left the area before they arrived. They searched for the suspect but did not locate him. Officers spoke to witnesses and looked for any available evidence.
Police say the victim and the suspect were not known to one another. The bar's owner said the suspect had come in earlier in the week and threatened customers.
"We believe he was in the day before and was yelling and screaming and swearing and wanted to fight everybody and we ran him out," said Kingston Bar owner Gary Jondahl told KOIN 6 News. "I don't know what brought him in the next day, but he was here."
Jondahl said the firefighter was seated with a group of people celebrating a birthday Saturday evening when a brief scuffle unfolded.
"The bad guy came in this door, came over, confronted him," described Jondahl. "The victim gets up, comes after him a little bit. The bad guy king of looked like he was punching the guy in the stomach, but apparently he had a knife."
He said the suspect then ran out the door and disappeared.
"He didn't even realize—I don't think—that he had been stabbed," said Jondahl. "I think the adrenaline was flowing so fast that he sat down again and then went to the bathroom and realized he was bleeding."
Jondahl said he has been the bar's owner for almost 40 years and this was the first incident like this to have happened.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story.
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