Police searching for suspect who stabbed off-duty firefighter at Portland bar

PORTLAND, Ore — Portland police have released a description and surveillance images of the suspect accused of stabbing an off-duty Portland Fire & Rescue lieutenant on Saturday night at a bar near Providence Park in Southwest Portland.

The victim, who has served as a firefighter for 23 years, has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, police said. The police investigation remains active as detectives seek out more evidence and additional witnesses.

The suspect is described by police at a man in his mid-20s between 5-foot-4 and 5-8 and about 170 pounds. He has black crew-cut hair, an unshaven face, an athletic build, olive-colored skin, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

Police and medical personnel were called to the Kingston Sports Bar & Grill at 2021 Southwest Morrison Street at about 8:05 p.m. on the report that a man had been stabbed there. The victim and the suspect did not know each other, police said.

The suspect left before police arrived and officers are still looking for him.

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Sara Boone called the incident “an unprovoked attack” in a statement released Sunday. Police are not saying what led up to the stabbing. Detectives took over the case Sunday.

“This is certainly a scary scenario where you have this random encounter where you have somebody that’s wounded by a knife,” Portland Police Bureau Sgt. Kevin Allen said. “Fortunately, it’s rare. It does not happen very often, but we do always encourage people to avoid confrontation as much as possible, and if somebody is acting in a concerning way and people feel unsafe, they can always call us, call 9-1-1, and let us sort it out.”

People who live near the Kingston area call the establishment a neighborhood bar. It’s a popular spot for Timbers and Thorns games and attracts many regulars to their weekend breakfasts. 

Jeffrey Blagg has lived nearby for nearly 10 years. He was disheartened when he heard about the stabbing. 

“I think it can happen anywhere, but it’s sad to know that it’s this close to home and in a community that I’ve lived in for almost a decade,” Blagg said. 

Kevin Anderson stopped by the Kingston Bar & Grill Sunday for breakfast. He said he frequents the bar on game days as well. His reaction to hearing about the stabbing was mixed. 

“It was not surprising, to be honest. I don’t know. There’s people that come in and out in this neighborhood. You know, we’re close to Burnside, but a stabbing,  that’s outrageous,” Anderson said.

If anyone knows the location or identity of the suspect, please contact Det. Shaye Samora at 503-823-0768 or shaye.samora@portlandoregon.gov or Det. Jeff Sharp at 503-823-9773 or jeff.sharp@portlandoregon.gov. The case number is 20-20370.

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