A fight over a stolen backpack led to two people being stabbed near Portland's Lloyd Center mall on Tuesday morning.
Portland police said 53-year-old Randal Davis came out of the Dollar Tree store and found his backpack missing, but saw a woman carrying it nearby. He asked why she had the backpack and demanded it be returned, leading the woman's male companion to stab Davis, police said.
"He just lunged at me and then stabbed me right in the neck," said Davis. "My life flashed before my eyes, I thought I was going to die. Then I looked into his eyes and saw their was no humanity there, and that was even more frightening."
A witness, 32-year-old William Hashman, then intervened and sprayed pepper spray onto the attacker, who in turn stabbed Hashman, police said.
"He jumped up with pepper spray, and it's because of him and his quick action that the knife didn't go all the way into my body, it only went in about an inch and missed all of my vital organs," said Davis.
"He was really hurt though, his injuries were more severe then mine."
Portland police officers rushed to the scene in the 1100 block of Northeast Broadway and learned the suspects were last seen walking through the Safeway grocery store parking lot.
Witnesses also described the suspects to police, who located them both in the neighborhood.
32-year-old Paul Ray Hargrow and 25-year-old Gabrielle Unique King were both arrested.
Hargrow was booked on charges of Assault in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree. King was booked on a charge of Robbery in the First Degree.
Additional charges may result after a Multnomah Grand Jury hears the case.
Hashman and Davis suffered serious injuries, but they're expected to survive.
"Doctors said I was fortunate that the blade didn't penetrate any deeper," said Davis. "I'm going to be forever grateful and indebted to the gentlemen who saved my life."
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