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Man arrested for June stabbing

by: contributed photo, Juan Carlos DeJesus-Raya

A local man is behind bars for allegedly stabbing a 60-year-old Gresham man in June when the victim tried to break up a gang fight.

Juan Carlos DeJesus-Raya, 20, of Gresham is being held on $250,000 bail at the Justice Center Jail on one count of second-degree assault.

Officers contacted him at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, after seeing DeJesus-Raya and another person crossing church property in the 17900 block of Southeast Stark Street, said Officer Adam Baker, a Gresham police department spokesman.

After identifying the man as DeJesus-Raya, officers interviewed and arrested him for the June 19 stabbing of a Gresham man.

DeJesus-Raya had been named a suspect in the assault, but officers had been unable to find him.

The victim son, a suspected gang member, was the intended victim, said Sgt. Tony Silva, who leads the East Metro Gang Enforcement Task Force.

He and a rival gang member had arranged to fight. To make sure the fight was fair, the intended victim's father went outside of his apartment in the 17600 block of Southeast Stark Street to oversee it.

During the fight, the father ended up getting stabbed by a different alleged gangster than the one fighting his son, said Detective Tom Walker.

The victim was treated for his non-life threatening injury at Oregon Health and Sciences University.