Drug deal gone bad leads to stabbings

Neither victim is cooperating with police investigation

An alleged drug dealer is in stable condition after being stabbed in the torso during a botched transaction that turned into a double stabbing late Tuesday, March 20.

The alleged dealer, a man in his mid- to late-20s, suffered a punctured lung during a fight stemming from an argument about a drug deal in a Gresham apartment complex, said Sgt. Teddi Anderson, Gresham police spokeswoman. He is being treated at Oregon Health and Science University.

A second stabbing victim, a 30-year-old man described as the alleged dealer's client, was released from the same hospital early Thursday, March 22. Both men are transients with gang ties, Anderson said. Neither is cooperating with officers investigating the case, she added.

The double stabbing happened at about 11:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in a vacant apartment at the Del Ray Apartments, 221 N.E. 162nd Ave. Transients and gangsters used the vacant unit as a flophouse, said Gresham Police Chief Carla Piluso the following morning while briefing a crowd of about 130 people at an ironically timed community safety summit in Gresham City Hall.

Two men went to the apartment and met four men there to buy drugs. But there was a dispute about the deal and the two men left, only to return and force their way into the apartment, Anderson said.

'We had knives everywhere - the hospital, the scene, everywhere,' Piluso quoted a detective as saying.

Police are still investigating, but the two victims are not identifying their attackers, which makes prosecution difficult, Anderson said.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719 or 1-888-989-3505.