Stabbing near Brooklyn's Rhine Street MAX Station
In the Brooklyn neighborhood, TriMet MAX Orange Line trains rolled past – and didn't stop at the 17th Avenue and Rhine Street Station – for quite some time after a man was found near the tracks, seriously injured by a stabbing, on Tuesday afternoon, June 16.
Central Precinct and Transit Division officers, dispatched to the scene at 5:36 p.m., closed off the MAX platform; and then shut down vehicle and pedestrian traffic on S.E. 17th Avenue between Rhine and Haig Streets.
The focus of their investigation appeared to be the area between the TriMet MAX Orange Line tracks, nearest to Haig Street.
"An adult male was located and transported by ambulance to an area hospital with serious injuries," reported Portland Police spokesperson Lieutenant Tina Jones.
Officers found a man nearby – later identified as 53 year-old Ronald Leestarr McCloud – believed to be the suspect involved in the incident.
"McCloud had a stick-like object approximately, 2.5 feet in length, in his hand – and challenged officers to shoot him," Jones told THE BEE. "Officers were able to de-escalate the situation, and safety take him into custody, without force being used."
McCloud was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 7:36 p.m. that evening on one count of Assault II, a Class B Felony. At his arraignment, McCloud learned that he's also to be tried on another felony, Unlawful Use of a Weapon. His combined bail was set at $255,000; and as THE BEE went to press he remained in custody at MCDC.
The victim, not publicly identified, remains in an area hospital in serious condition. No motive has been disclosed in the incident.
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