Police make arrest in downtown stabbing

Charles Anthony Longjaw was seen walking near West Burnside Street and was taken into custody.

Charles Anthony Longjaw (Nov. 22, 2016).
Charles Anthony Longjaw (Nov. 22, 2016).

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A 50-year-old man is in jail after being arrested by police following a stabbing that happened in downtown over the weekend.

Police tell us that Charles Anthony Longjaw will be charged with one count of first-degree assault.

The investigation started on Sunday night when police responded to the intersection of SW 3rd and Oak on the report of a stabbing.

When police arrived, they found the victim, Mark Whelen, suffering from “at least three knife puncture wounds” to his abdomen.

Police followed a blood trail near the Embassy Suites and spoke with employees at the hotel. Police spoke with a security guard who told them that he had escorted three males out of the lobby and that he believed they were involved in the incident.

The guard told police that the men were trying to get a room and were told to leave.

While the guard went out on his grounds, he eventually saw the men outside and that a fight broke out between them.

Video from the incident shows “the defendant lunge towards the victim and thrust his right hand towards the chest of the victim three or four times,” according to prosecutors.

On Monday, Longjaw was seen walking near West Burnside Street and was taken into custody.