PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Police said that a 13-year-old boy who stabbed a man on a TriMet MAX train in Southeast Portland Wednesday afternoon in fact did it in self-defense.
Thirty-two-year-old Mitchell Scott Field has been arrested on charges of strangulation, interfering with public transportation and offensive physical contact.
According to Portland police, at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, Field confronted the boy while the two were on a MAX train, and then began punching and choking him. The boy took out a knife and stabbed Field in an attempt to get away.
Police initially responded to the Holgate Boulevard Transit Station, but learned that Field had boarded a northbound train and gotten off at the Southeast Powell Boulevard station. He was located and taken to a Portland hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was later arrested by transit police after being discharged from the hospital.
Portland police said that they concluded that Field had initiated the confrontation after speaking to several witnesses and reviewing surveillance video. The two did not know each other prior to the incident.
The 13-year-old was detained, but later released to his mother’s custody.
Field was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.