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Suspect arrested in skate park stabbing

Fairview's Anthony Michael Poulivaati turns himself in to police
by:  Anthony Michael Poulivaati

Gresham police on Sunday, July 31, arrested a man suspected of last week's stabbing near the city's skate park.

Anthony Michael Poulivaati, 19, of Fairview faces an allegation of second-degree assault and is being held on $250,000 bail at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Police arrested him at 1 p.m. Sunday after he turned himself in at the Gresham Police Department. Detectives had already contacted him as part of their investigation into the stabbing at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Gresham's skate park, just off East Powell Boulevard and Southeast Roberts Avenue.

Two groups of young men totaling as many as 30 juveniles - some of them carrying skateboards, according to witnesses - got into an argument, which escalated into a fight.

The victim - identified as Spensor Hill, 21, of Gresham - was already on his way to Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center with a stab wound when police arrived on the scene. He was treated for the wound near his right armpit and released. The man also told police that although he saw his attacker, he didn't recognize him as anyone he knew.

Police interviewed several witnesses and during the course of the investigation learned that Poulivaati - who is 300 pounds and 6 feet tall, according to jail records - was the alleged assailant.

Gresham Police Chief Craig Junginger said the stabbing was the first assault to take place near the skate park since it opened more than a year and a half ago.

One witness also said the two groups of young men involved in the fight were not using the skate park at the time of the stabbing. Instead, the fight began near the park and continued across Roberts Avenue on the corner.