Man arrested in 2 party stabbings

James Spencer Hill, Jr., 20, was arrested in connection with the stabbing of two people at a part at a Southeast Portland residence on Saturday, July 20, 2013. (Multnomah County Jail)
James Spencer Hill, Jr., 20, was arrested in connection with the stabbing of two people at a part at a Southeast Portland residence on Saturday, July 20, 2013. (Multnomah County Jail)

(KOIN) – A 20-year-old man is under arrest, accused of stabbing two people at a party early Saturday morning in Southeast Portland’s Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood.

James Spencer Hill, Jr., was taken into custody following a foot chase on the Eastbank Esplanade, which runs along the Willamette River.

Sometime before 5:15 a.m. Saturday, 30-year-old Joshua Jackson and 28-year-old Jesse Bettis were stabbed at a small party at a residence in the 1400 block of Southeast Division Street. According to Portland police, Hill came in and joined the group for cocktails. After the party ended, he got angry, stabbed the two victims and fled on a bike.

Officers responded and searched the area but could not locate the suspect. However, a little before 10:30 a.m. Saturday, they spotted Hill riding a bike on Southwest Salmon Street. When he saw them, he ditched the bike, climbed a fence and ran across Interstate 5 before being captured at Southeast Morrison Street and Water Avenue, Portland police said.

Jackson and Bettis are continuing to recover from their injuries, which were not considered life threatening. The circumstances that lead to the stabbings was not confirmed.

Hill is lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, second-degree criminal mischief and a probation violation.

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