Police Believe Stabbing of Two Oregon Teens was Racially Motivated

On Saturday, September 2, 2023, two 17-year-old victims were injured after being stabbed on a MAX train in Portland.

At approximately 5:46 p.m., Portland Police officers rushed to the Tri-Met platform at 9598 Southeast Flavel Street following a report of a stabbing. There, they discovered two juvenile male victims, both 17 years old, suffering from stab wounds. Portland Fire and Rescue, along with AMR paramedics, provided immediate medical attention. One of the victims was transported to the hospital by ambulance, while the other received on-site medical treatment. Fortunately, their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Within six minutes of the initial call, officers located an individual matching the suspect’s description at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Flavel Street. When confronted by officers, the suspect attempted to flee, prompting a foot pursuit. The officers successfully apprehended the suspect in the 9300 block of Southeast Mt. Scott Boulevard.

The Portland Police Major Crimes Unit detectives and criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division were activated to conduct an investigation. Preliminary findings suggest that the assault initially occurred on the MAX train before the victims and the suspect disembarked at the Flavel Street light rail station. Subsequently, the train involved was halted at the Clackamas Town Center station. The investigation uncovered that the suspect’s motivation for the attack was most likely based on his perception of the victims’ race.

Officers also learned, shortly after detaining Cummins, that he had committed a knifepoint robbery at a convenience store in the 9100 block of Southeast Flavel Street. No injuries were reported in this separate incident.

The identified suspect, 25-year-old Adrian A. Cummins, was interviewed by Major Crimes Unit detectives and subsequently booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Cummins now faces multiple charges, including Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Bias Crime in the First Degree (two counts), and Robbery in the First Degree.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Source: PPB

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