Police: Woman's friends stab her attacker twice

Police: Woman's friends stab her attacker twice
Robert James Thomas

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Police said a woman's friends intervened during an assault and stabbed an attacker twice Tuesday morning in Southeast Portland.

Officers responding to a report of a stabbing in the 7500 block of SE Ramona Street said they learned an adult male, identified as Robert James Thomas, 31, was involved in a "physical altercation" with his girlfriend just after 6 a.m.

When two friends of the woman tried to intervene, police said Thomas attacked them as well. One woman got a knife to defend herself and stabbed Thomas. "Then the other witness retrieved the knife and stabbed him again," police said in a press release.

Police did not identify the women but said they were cooperating with the investigation. Thomas was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police did not say if any of the women involved were injured.

Wednesday afternoon, police said Thomas had been released from the hospital and taken to the Multnomah County Jail on two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of harassment (domestic violence).

The case will be reviewed by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, police said.