Cafe worker stabbed in Old Town

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police are looking for a man who stabbed a cook at an Old Town cafe.

Detectives said the suspect may have been kicked out earlier and come back later for revenge.

The man had been kicked out of the Backspace Cafe in Old Town a couple times before. This time, the cook recognized the man and told him he couldn’t go in.

The two scuffled and the cook was stabbed out in front of the cafe, police said.

The owner of Backspace, Eric Robison, said the suspect and victim knew each other. However, this stabbing is just the most recent violent attack in Old Town.

“A lot of that happens here,” said Old Town visitor Ashley Montague. “But things happen in a lot of areas of the city.”

Many of the people KOIN 6 News interviewed in Old Town said they think the high number of bars is partially to blame.

“Basically [we] have a bunch of factories for turning out drunk people,” said Old Town visitor Madison Taylor. “That’s just kind of something that happens.”

They also said that, with homeless shelters and services close by, there is an overflow effect where many types of people end up on the streets of Old Town.

“We shut down a lot of rehabilitation clinics for people suffering from mental disorders,” added Taylor. “People are going to go somewhere.”

Portland Police could not say if they are called to Old Town more than other parts of the city.

Still, the Backspace owner said — despite the recent stabbing — he has seen a lot of positive change in Old Town since he opened up shop.

It’s nowhere close to what it was 10 years ago when we moved in,” Robison said. “So I feel bad that an incident like this is going to maintain that image.”

Portland Police are still looking for the suspect in the stabbing. The man is described as in his 20s, about 5-foot-8, around 150 pounds with dirty blond matted hair. He was last seen wearing a brownish-green coat, and carrying a messenger bag.

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