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Robert Garcia-Geldman faces first-degree robbery charges after he allegedly stabbed a man and stole his wallet.

MCSO PHOTO - Robert Garcia-GedmanPortland Police have made an arrest after a man was allegedly stabbed after he refused to give up his wallet while waiting for the train in Northeast Portland.

Robert C. Garcia-Gedman, 23, no fixed address, faces charges of first- and second-degree robbery, as well as second-degree assault, according to Multnomah County Circuit Court records.

Police found victim Ethan Webster "bleeding heavily from numerous stab wounds on his back and right side" at the Gateway transit platform, 1101 N.E. 99th Ave., around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Webster was taken by an ambulance to the hospital and later told police he had been smoking a cigarette when he was approached by a man and a woman, per court documents. The man said, "give me your wallet" and allegedly stabbed Webster after he refused, the records show.

Detectives reviewed TriMet surveillance camera footage that shows a woman hitting Webster with a "wooden stake" and then shows Garcia-Gedman making "stabbing motions," prosecutors wrote.

Garcia-Gedman told jailers he had been couch-surfing and without a permanent address for six years, documents say. He remains in the downtown jail at this time.


Zane Sparling
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