The cause of the dispute is unknown; the weapon used in the attack was unconventional

DAVID F. ASHTON - The victim of the stabbing, just outside Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church, was secured to a gurney and taken to a waiting ambulance. Families walking to the Mt. Scott Community Center on Friday evening, October 20, looked surprised and concerned to encounter a large police presence on S.E. 73rd Avenue, outside Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church.

At the church, volunteers were holding their regular "Mt. Scott Meals" supper, providing food service for people in need.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were called to church at 5:51 p.m., after 9-1-1 callers reported a stabbing outside.

"Officers located a woman with a stab wound; emergency medical personnel were called to provide medical aid to the victim, who was transported to a hospital by ambulance with what is believed to be a non-life-threatening injury," affirmed Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley. Burley said a suspect was located at the crime scene and was taken into custody, and the suspected weapon had been confiscated. And it was not a subtle weapon.

"Officers learned there has been an ongoing dispute between the victim and suspect; the suspect stabbed the victim with garden shears." Both assailant and victim are identified as transients.

MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - 49-year-old Darlene Louise Allen is charged with two felonies, after a stabbing outside Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church. Police took 49-year-old Darlene Louise Allen into custody, lodging her in the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 8:54 p.m., on charges of Assault in the Second Degree.

At her arraignment, Allen learned she'd also face an additional charge: Unlawful Use of a Weapon. She remains in custody in MCDC in lieu of combined bail, for the two felony charges, of $255,000.

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