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Suspect nabbed in stabbing case

Gresham man allegedly stabbed victim in eye, leg
by: Contributed photo, Victor Alfonso Contreras-Mis

A Gresham man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing a man in the eye, leg and torso during an argument over the victim's girlfriend on Sunday, March 25.

Victor Alfonso Contreras-Mis, 20, of Gresham is being held at the Justice Center Jail on $260,000 bail on charges of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree criminal mischief.

The victim - Jose Cisneros-Montes, 30, of Gresham - was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

Officers responding to a 9:42 p.m. report of a man being stabbed in the eye at Southeast 175th Avenue and Stark Street arrived to find the victim waiting on the corner for police. The suspect, however, had walked away from the scene.

An officer noticed a man matching the suspect description at Southeast 178th Avenue and Yamhill Street. But when the officer got out of his patrol car, the suspect put his hands behind his back. The officer ordered him to show his hands. When the suspect did, the officer saw a shiny metal object in his left hand. The man threw it down.

As police arrested the man, and two witnesses identified him as the suspect. Officers also noted the blood on the front of his shirt, his sleeve and his left pant leg.

Then they found a large kitchen knife in grass nearby.

After investigating the stabbing, detectives discovered it started as an argument over the victim's girlfriend in the parking lot of Mesa Casa Apartments at 17439 S.E. Stark St. The suspect reportedly threw a rock at the victim's car as it pulled into the parking lot. Contreras then chased the suspect across Stark, where the suspect pulled a knife and stabbed him.

The suspect reportedly told police he was high on marijuana and that the victim 'deserved it' because 'they were trying to kill me.'