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Portland Police investigating a stabbing in Southwest Portland

WEST PORTLAND PARK — Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team detectives arrested two juveniles in connection with the stabbing of an 18-year-old man in Southwest Portland Jan. 24.

18-year-old Juan Antonio Bermundez was treated for non-life-threatening stab wounds at a Portland hospital.

Gang Enforcement Team detectives responded to conduct an investigation last night and determined that three juvenile males pulled up to the victim and his friend at the corner of Southwest 49th Avenue and Dickinson Street and began a verbal confrontation.

Based on initial information, it appeared the stabbing was gang-related.

Two of the suspects got out of a blue minivan and physically assaulted the victim. One of the suspects used a knife to stab the victim multiple times. The suspects then fled the area in the minivan.

Investigators were able to locate the vehicle nearby and arrest the two primary aggressors without incident.

A 14-year-old male was charged with attempted murder and Assault in the first degree and a 15-year-old male was charged with assault in the third degree. The third person in the van was a 13-year-old male. He was not charged and was released to his parents.

The 14- and 15-year-old suspects were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home.

Portland Police arrest burglary suspect in Southwest Portland's Maplewood neighborhood

MAPLEWOOD — On Jan. 24 at 11:45 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the report of a burglary in progress at a residence in the 6800 block of Southwest 63rd Avenue.Beau Daniel Rappaport

As officers were en route, additional information was broadcast that the homeowner returned home to find the suspect inside the house. The suspect then ran out of the house with some of the homeowners property and disappeared into the neighborhood.

Arriving officers established a neighborhood perimeter and a Police K-9 Unit from the Beaverton Police Department responded to assist in a search for the suspect.

Officers, including the K-9, searched the neighborhood and located the suspect in a nearby backyard, also recovering the victim's stolen property.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Beau Daniel Rappaport, was charged with one count of burglary in the first degree. Detectives from the Burglary Task Force learned that Rappaport lived a few houses away from the victim's residence.

Rappaport was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and was arraigned Jan. 25.

Portland police investigate crash near Southwest Naito and Ross Island Bridge

SOUTH PORTLAND — On Jan. 8 at 10:02 a.m., Portland police officers assigned to central precinct and the traffic division responded to the report of a rollover crash below the Southwest Naito Parkway overpass, on the approach to the Ross Island Bridge.

Officers located an overturned silver pickup truck on the road below the Naito Parkway overpass. Both occupants were out of the vehicle and were transported to a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary information indicated that the vehicle crashed after traveling off the Naito Parkway overpass.

Eastbound Ross Island Bridge traffic was briefly delayed as officers and a tow truck worked to clear the crash scene.

Portland Police arrest Christmas Day murder suspect

DOWNTOWN — On Jan. 3, the U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force arrested 37-year-old Michael James Kirkland at his residence at 1212 SW Clay St. in connection with the murder of 33-year-old Jaime Lyn Larson of Southwest Portland. Michael James Kirkland

Kirkland was charged with aggravated murder and was booked into the Multnomah County Jail. He was arraigned Jan. 4 in Multnomah County Court.

Portland Police Bureau homicide detectives worked with the forensic evidence division and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab to gather forensic evidence from the crime scene and ultimately some of this evidence assisted in identifying Kirkland, according to Portland police.

Once Kirkland was identified, homicide detectives contacted the U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest him and transport him to the detective division.

No additional details about the homicide investigation has been released at this time.

Detectives want to hear from anyone who has information about Larson's murder and/or any information about Kirkland.

Information can be directed to Detective Molly Daul at 503-823-0991 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Serial armed robbery suspect arrested in Clackamas County

PORTLAND — Nicholas Alan Davis, 28, was arrested by the Clackamas County Sheriff's office in the early morning hours Jan. 3 in connection with six armed robberies in December.Nicholas Alan Davis

Davis was allegedly armed with a handgun in robberies that occurred Dec. 26 at Milwaukie Market, 4401 SE Milwaukie Ave., and Dec. 29 at Woodstock Market, 8601 SE Woodstock Blvd., as well as in four robberies at the following Southwest Portland locations:

• Dec. 23 at 7-Eleven, 8635 SW Barbur Blvd., Multnomah;

• Dec. 24 at Swan Mart, 4440 SW Barbur Blvd., South Portland;

• Dec. 25 at Plaid Pantry, 4516 SW Vermont St., Maplewood; and

• Dec. 26 at Hoot Owl Market, 6730 SW Capitol Highway, Multnomah.

Nobody was injured in any of the robberies.

Davis was charged with six counts each of robbery in the first degree and robbery in the second degree and booked into the Multnomah County Jail. He was arraigned Jan. 4.

Anyone with additional information about these robberies is asked to contact Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-0842 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Portland police investigate fatal traffic crash near Southeast Portland's Ladd's Addition

SOUTHEAST — A motorcyclist killed on Christmas Eve is identified as 44-year-old Saxon Smith of Southwest Portland.

On Dec. 24 at 4:17 p.m., Portland police officers assigned to central precinct responded to a traffic accident at Southeast 11th Avenue and Sherman Street involving a vehicle and a motorcycle.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and determined that the motorcycle rider was deceased.

The driver involved in the crash was identified as 18-year-old Sami Bashir of Tigard. He remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Traffic was closed on southbound 11th Avenue from Sherman to Grant streets, and Sherman Street was closed from 11th to 13th avenues.

No citations or arrests have been made in this case and the investigation is continuing.