Police arrest stabbing suspect, find marijuana grow, 29 chihuahuas
PORTLAND, Ore. - Police said they found a marijuana-growing operation and about 29 chihuahuas inside a home after they arrested a stabbing suspect late Tuesday night following a six-hour standoff at 26th Avenue and Tibbetts Street in Southeast Portland.
Police said the stabbing victim was taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery. The man is in serious condition.
Police said the suspect, Gerald Wesley Mathews, went in and out of the house threatening them during the standoff. He was arrested nearby at the intersection of S.E. Powell Blvd. and S.E. 31st Ave shortly after 11 p.m.
Mathews was charged with three felonies: attempted murder, first-degree assault and felon in possession of a firearm.
Police said a 911 call was placed Tuesday night reporting the theft of a marijuana plant in the area. They also said they have been to the house more than once recently for reports of stolen plants, but wouldn't say if any of that was related to Tuesday's stabbing.
The dogs, who were in kennels and in good condition, were taken by animal control. Mathews had a permit for them but they had nobody to care for them after he was arrested, police said.
Mathews also had a medical marijuana card, but the plants were confiscated because he had more than are allowed for personal use, police said.
Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, popping sounds and a loud bang could be heard, perhaps from a flash-bang device, and the sound of police breaking out windows could also be heard.
Mathews suffered minor injuries.
The 911 call came in at about 4:45 p.m.
Police evacuated some of the neighboring nearby during the standoff.
The Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team assisted Portland police because its team is training.
Police haven't said yet divulged what they believe led to the stabbing.