Police: Man with knife attacks rangers in Forest Park

Police: Man with knife attacks rangers in Forest Park
Patrick Gerard O'Donnell

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A 50-year-old man allegedly attacked two City of Portland park rangers when they were attempting to question him about a possible crime on Sunday morning.

At just before noon, Portland Police officers were dispatched on a report of man assaulting someone with a knife at Forest Park.

While officers were enroute to the area, police learned a man had chased after a Park Ranger and both had fallen down a 70-foot steep embankment. Once officers arrived, they found a City of Portland Park Ranger who was injured but conscious and alert. The suspect, later identified as Patrick Gerard O'Donnell, 50, was also found at the bottom of the embankment and had "paralyzing type injuries," according to a press release. Both were transported to area hospitals with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Another City of Portland Park Ranger told police that she and a fellow park ranger were going to talk with O'Donnell about allegations of exposing himself and harassing female hikers. That's when O'Donnell allegedly pulled out an approximate six-inch knife and attempted to attack both the unarmed park rangers before they had a chance to talk to him.

The park rangers tried to get away from O'Donnell, but when they were unsuccessful, they tried to subdue O'Donnell as he allegedly tried to stab both of them. During the struggle, O'Donnell and one of the Park Rangers fell down the embankment.

The female ranger, Kelley D'Agrosa, suffered bumps and bruises during the struggle, according to the Portland Parks Department. The male ranger, identified as Lionel Eyres, has a punctured lung and several broken ribs. He was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, the department said.

O'Donnell is in police custody at an area hospital.

Assault Detectives are investigating the incident want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the situation or had contact with O'Donnell in Forest Park. People with information can call Detective Paul Dolbey at 503-823-0451.