Portland Police arrested one stabbing suspect for murder just before noon. Then, after 8:30 p.m., they responded to a second deadly stabbing.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Police detained a suspect after a deadly stabbing in Old Town — the second homicide investigation in nine hours in the neighborhood. 

On Friday, September 30, after 8:30 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of a stabbing at Northwest Broadway and Couch Streets. 

When paramedics arrived on scene, they found the victim deceased. Officers started an investigation and detained one suspect. They told KGW they are not looking for any other suspects. 

This stabbing comes just hours after police arrested and charged Dorian Cannon, 50, with second degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon for a stabbing death four blocks away. 

Detectives located Cannon a couple blocks north of the crime scene at West Burnside Street and Northwest 3rd Avenue. Officers responded to a report of a stabbing there around 11:28 a.m. Friday. 

When police arrived they found a man injured on the sidewalk. Paramedics determined that he was dead.

Court documents show Cannon was arrested just this week on minor charges, and that he has a long criminal history — of charges like harassment, trespassing, theft and bias crime dating back in 2004. 

In 2020, Cannon was charged with bias crime after police said he threatened a TriMet employee with a knife. Documents reveal Cannon spent some time in the Oregon State Hospital, before pleading no contest to that charge. He was sentenced to several months in prison. Court documents also show his fitness to proceed was drawn into question by the court. 

The Portland Police Bureau has not yet released the names of the stabbing victims. 

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“Any time we have violence on our streets, it’s concerning for sure,” said Sergeant Kevin Allen with Portland police. “We’re glad that we have someone in custody, so the situation appears to be stabilized at this point.”

The city of Portland has grappled with an ongoing increase in violence over the past few years amid a shortage of police officers. Between August 2021-August 2022, 93 homicide offenses were reported in Old Town alone, according to a police dashboard that tracks neighborhood crime statistics.

Last week, PPB announced it would reestablish a seven-person dedicated unit to serve the entertainment district in Old Town to try to curb gun violence in the area. Police also have the authority to close streets to cars on Friday and Saturday nights in a 12-square-block area inside of West Burnside and Northwest Everett Streets and Northwest 1st and 5th Avenues.

The unit is a revival of a previous entertainment district team that was discontinued early in the pandemic due to the closure of businesses.

Sergeant Allen said the unit was not on duty at the time of the first stabbing on Friday because they work weekend nights.

Anyone who may have witnessed either incident in Old Town is asked to contact Portland police detectives.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is investigating. Anyone who may have witnesses the incident or may have information is asked to contact Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@police.portlandoregon.gov or at 503-823-0762, or Detective Michael Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0991.

This is a developing story and it may be updated when more information becomes available.

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