Southeast Portland

Police arrest suspect in SE Portland party stabbings

Police arrest suspect in SE Portland party stabbings
James Spencer Hill, Jr.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police chased down and arrested a man accused of stabbing two people at a party in Southeast Portland early Saturday morning.

Officers spotted James Spencer Hill, Jr. on his bicycle at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Hill rode away from police, jumped off his bike, climbed over a fence and ran across Interstate 5 before officers caught him by along the Eastbank Esplanade, police said.

Earlier Saturday morning, Hill joined a small group of people for cocktails at a party near Southeast Division Street and 14th Avenue.

When the party was over, Hill became upset, stabbed two men and rode away on a bicycle, Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

The victims, 30-year-old Joshua Jackson and 28-year-old Jesse Bettis, both survived the attack.

Police determined Hill was the suspect in the stabbing during their investigation, Simpson said.

Officers took Hill to the Multnomah County Jail. He faces charges including assault (2nd degree) and unlawful use of a weapon.