Court docs: ‘Get naked or get stabbed’

Benjamin Moore, 27, and James Wooten, 26, were arrested Oct. 3, 2014 for allegedly robbing and assaulting two people and attempting to rob two others. (MCSO)
Benjamin Moore, 27, and James Wooten, 26, were arrested Oct. 3, 2014 for allegedly robbing and assaulting two people and attempting to rob two others. (MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – An affidavit of probable cause filed Monday is revealing news details on the robbery that left two men “naked and bloody” on the Burnside Bridge.

James Wooten and Benjamin Moore are both charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, six counts of second-degree robbery, and one count of second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, and attempted second degree assault.

The investigation started Friday morning when Portland Police officers were dispatched to the mid-span of the bridge on reports of a disturbance. The 911 caller, police said, was witnessing a fight between several people.

An officer arrived and found two men fully nude, deputy district attorney Lauren Kemp wrote in court documents. One of the victims was covering his groin area with his hands and had fresh blood on his chest and shin, Kemp wrote. The other victim was covering his groin area with a boot and had fresh blood around his mouth, Kemp wrote.

The responding officers noted that the second victim’s eye was puffy and swollen shut and he had a fresh wound to his knee.

The two men told police they were visiting Portland from California and were walking back to their hotel. The men told officers that they saw Wooten and Moore crossing the bridge and running towards them, Kemp wrote.

One of the victims told police he could see Wooten carrying a red razor-style folding knife in his right hand, Kemp wrote. Wooten is accused of pressing the unfolded part of the knife against one of the man’s chest and said “empty your pockets,” Kemp wrote.

The man did so, but threw his wallet over the side railing, Kemp wrote.

Wooten is accused of ordering one of the men to undress first, Kemp wrote. Once that victim was undressed, Wooten reportedly said “get the (expletive) out of here, run.” The first victim ran about 20 yards when he looked back to see Wooten punch the other victim in the face, Kemp wrote.

Wooten is accused of physically assaulting the second victim while he was on the ground. Moore is accused of following Wooten’s orders and picked up the property belonging to the two victims, Kemp wrote.

Moore reportedly told the second victim to “get naked or get stabbed,” Kemp wrote.

As police were on scene, they identified two other people who said about 15-20 minutes before the assault and robbery they also were confronted by Wooten and Moore.

The two other individuals told police they were in town visiting from Seattle, Kemp wrote. Wooten is accused of lunging at one of the victims with his weapon, court documents state.

The other victim told police that she heard Wooten demand her friend’s property, Kemp wrote.

Both men have pleaded not guilty and will be back in court later this month.

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