Suspect in custody after 'gang related' incidents on Fourth
FAIRVIEW - One man is still in critical but stable condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center after he was stabbed at a party that got out of control late Tuesday, July 4.
A second victim, who had only a minor stab wound, was treated and released.
Both victims are males in their late teens or early 20s, said Fairview Police Chief Ken Johnson. Officials are not releasing the victims' names until an investigation into the incident is complete.
Officers were dispatched at 11 p.m. on the Fourth of July, to the 22000 block of Northeast Alton Street in regard to a stabbing.
There was some confusion regarding the location of the incident, and whether the stabbing was a singular occurrence, as an initial report came in about a fight at a nearby address involving as many as 70 people, Johnson said.
As officers were trying to allocate resources to respond to what they thought to be two separate incidents, they learned of a second stabbing victim, Johnson said.
'It was quite eventful for an hour or so,' Johnson said. 'But we were in the right place at the right time.'
A frantic individual approached an officer near the intersection of Northeast 223rd Avenue and Northeast Blue Lake Road, which was closed for the Fourth of July fireworks display, and said that one of the stabbing victims was in a nearby car, Johnson said.
It seemed the pair was trying to leave the area to get to a hospital, Johnson said.
Officials say that alcohol was involved in the incident.
'This is clearly an example of an underage drinking party that quickly got out of control,' Johnson said.
The primary suspect in the stabbings, 21-year-old Obdulio Chavarria-Rios, who goes by the name of Sneaky, turned himself into police at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, after learning that officers had been attempting to contact him at locations he was known to frequent, Johnson said.
Chavarria-Rios was arraigned Thursday, July 6. He is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Bail is set at $525,000.
Chavarria-Rios was also being detained on a fugitive hold out of Los Angeles County, California, but the hold was dropped.
The motive for the stabbings is unknown, but officers believe the incident could be gang related.
Members of the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team are investigating.