Police: Punches on MAX led to self-defense stabbing

Incident occurred Tuesday afternoon

After the alleged stabbing, the MAX train stopped at NW 1st and Davis, Aug. 22, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man who stabbed another man on a MAX train Tuesday afternoon did so in self-defense, Portland police said.

The incident began when a man and woman were riding a MAX train from Gresham to Portland. Between the Rose Quarter Transit Center and the stop at NW 1st and Davis, another man approached the couple.

The approaching man accused the couple of talking about him and demanded to know what they said. The approaching man then began punching the man, police said.

The victim grabbed a knife, stabbed the man once and then moved away. When the MAX train arrived at NW 1st and Davis, police arrived to investigate.

Detectives determined the assaulted man acted in self-defense. No one has been charged with a crime at this time.