PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested a man and a woman after two stabbings in Northeast Portland Tuesday morning.
Randy, a 53-year-old man who did not want his last name published, walked out of the Dollar Tree store in the Lloyd District and noticed a woman carrying his backpack, which had been attached to his bike. When he demanded it back, a man who was with the woman pulled out a knife.
Randy said he threatened to call 911. That's when the suspect, 32-year-old Paul Hargrow lunged at him with the knife, stabbing him near the neck, he said. A 32-year-old man who was standing nearby saw what happened and pepper-sprayed the suspect, who then stabbed him, according to police.
"My life flashed before me when I saw the blade coming to my throat," said Randy. "But luckily some guy I didn't even know jumped in and saved my life. That's what stopped him from pushing the knife in further. He actually took him off and fought him off."
The victims described the suspects to police when they arrived at the scene. Officers searched the neighborhood and arrested Hargrow and 25-year-old Gabrielle King near Northeast 9th Avenue and Broadway. Police took them to the Multnomah County Jail.
The other victim is still in the hospital. His condition is unclear. Randy said his wounds are much more serious.
"He was really injured pretty badly," Randy said. "It was gushing out blood."
Randy plans to talk to him as soon as he gets out.
"I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart," he said. "He literally saved my life. I saw my whole life flash in front of me this morning. It was kind of amazing. When he's better and out of the hospital I want to thank him."