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A 24-year-old man in Inner Southeast attacks a neighbor weilding a machete -- now he's in jail

DAVID F. ASHTON - Officers investigate a machete slashing incident, in which a male victim was hospitalized with serious injuries, in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. After being attacked on October 12 by a person swinging a machete in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, a male victim is recovering from the serious cuts inflicted on him.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched to a "stabbing" call at 1:57 p.m. that Monday afternoon, to investigate.

"Officers found an adult male with severe injuries to his leg; the victim was transported to an area hospital," said PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen. "The suspect fled the scene once officers arrived; but they were able to quickly find the suspect, and safely take him into custody. Officers recovered a machete nearby."

What motivated the attack was unclear. "Detectives are currently investigating the incident," Allen reported. But police did reveal that the attacker was a neighbor of the victim.

MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - This man, 24-year-old Clayton Matthew Briggs, faces two felony charges in connection with an unexplained machete-swinging attack on a neighbor in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. The suspect, 24-year-old Clayton Matthew Briggs, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 4:51 p.m. the same afternoon on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

At his arraignment that day, Briggs learned he'd face both felony charges. In lieu of $255,000 combined bail, Briggs is still in jail.


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