Man held in Christmas Eve stabbing of store clerk


Portland detectives have arrested 30-year-old David Lentz in connection with the Christmas Eve stabbing of a 44-year-old convenience store clerk.

Lentz is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on a parole violation. He could be charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault.

Detectives said Lentz is the suspect in the stabbing of Emad Abdelmelek at a Southeast Portland Plaid Pantry store. Police said tips from the $10,000 Plaid Pantry reward played a role in solving the case.

The stabbing happened at about 1:37 a.m. Christmas Eve. East Precinct officers responded to the Plaid Pantry at Southeast 104th Avenue and Holgate Street and found Abdelmelek suffering from several stab wounds. Abdelmelek told police he was stabbed by a man who tried to rob the store.

After the attack, the suspect drove away in a black 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, license plate number 178 FDX.