PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A young woman was stabbed multiple times and suffered “traumatic injuries” in an attack by a stranger at the Lloyd Center MAX platform Friday afternoon.
Officials said the early investigation shows the victim was with 2 other young women at the MAX platform when the man walked up. They exchanged a few words and the suspect attacked the young woman, police said.
Jesus Gonzales told KOIN 6 News he was on the MAX approaching the station when and when the doors opened, she ran in screaming for help.
Gonzales said the commuters were stunned and didn’t know what to do. When no one rushed to help her, the woman ran off the train and the crowd at Holladay Park helped her.
“There’s a lot of blood drip marks on the MAX, a couple of fingers grazed my forearm, so I got a little blood there and a few on my shoes,” Gonzales said. “I’m glad not more people got hurt and I hope she pulls out.”
Allen Stovall was at the MAX station with his young daughter when he saw the attack.
“She was backing up, like she was running backwards, and I could see a cut down her back,” Stovall said. “She was bleeding and then she fell almost on top of me and my daughter so I pulled the stroller back, took off and called 9
The victim, in her late teens or early 20s, was rushed to a Portland hospital for treatment. She is expected to survive her injuries.
Police found the suspect, 42-year-old Christopher Eugene Woods, near the Double Tree Hotel across the street and took him into custody without incident. He is being held at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of assault and menacing.
Woods has been booked into the Multnomah County Jail 7 times before including for disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer in August 2016 and possession of methamphetamine.
Investigators want people who witnessed the attack and didn’t talk with police to call PPB at 503.823.3333.