The homeless man reportedly admitted to officers he was on drugs when he pulled out his knife

MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Facing two felony charges in the stranger-to-stranger stabbing in Sellwood is 39-year-old Roger Dale Yates, Jr. Responding to what was called a stranger-on-stranger knife attack, Central Precinct officers arrived in the 2000 block of S.E. Marion Street, near the Springwater Corridor Trail, on Monday morning, August 5, at 9:14 a.m.

Officers learned from the victim, Dennis Long, that he had been stabbed in the arm by an unknown man near his aunt's apartment at S.E. 21st Avenue and Marion Street. The first-arriving officer applied a tourniquet to Long's arm.

It didn't take long for officers to locate and arrest the alleged assailant, 39-year-old Roger Dale Yates, Jr., who is reported to have no permanent address. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 10:16 a.m. that morning, charged with two felonies – Assault in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

At his arraignment in Multnomah County District Court later that day, court documents state that Yates told officers that he'd been "high on methamphetamine", was paranoid, and had thought Long was a threat to him.

The judge informed Yates that he'd be answering in court for both felony charges, and he remains in jail in lieu of $255,000 combined bail.

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