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29 Chihuahuas found in standoff home; stabbing suspect arrested

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A Southeast Portland neighborhood was evacuated for six hours Tuesday as police worked to get a stabbing suspect to surrender.

Shortly after 11 p.m., officers arrested 48-year-old Gerald Matthews as he came out of the house with his hands in the air. He's charged with attempted murder, assault and felon in possession of a firearm, and will face a judge Thursday.

The situation began unfolding at around 4:50 p.m. near Southeast 26th Avenue and Tibbetts Street. Emergency crews said callers reported seeing a man covered in blood, stumbling out of a fenced yard.

Witnesses said he fell down in the street. Firefighters said the unidentified man was unresponsive and rushed to Oregon Health & Science University with injuries believed to be critical.

Police said they attempted to contact the stabbing suspect inside a home in the 3100 block of Southeast 26th Avenue. The Portland Police SERT team was in training, so the Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team was asked to respond to the scene.

Video captured by neighbors showed a man on the front porch cursing at police.

"I caught him in my house, burglarizing my [expletive] [expletive] house," he said. "And then he tried to cut my hand off and I was holding it down. All I was going to do was call the police."

Neighbors said they were told to evacuate their home as the standoff continued. Roads were also blocked off in the area.

"They said it's going to end in a shootout. Luckily, it didn't. The guy showed me his M-16 or whatever it is," said neighbor Dirk Boeke. "And he was like if you shoot with this it's going to go straight for your house, so you have to evacuate."

Matthews has a lengthy criminal history, including five felonies dating back as far as 1987.

Once Portland police gained access to the home, they found 29 Chihuahuas living in the basement. Animal control officers responded Wednesday morning and removed the dogs from the home. The dogs were healthy and living in good conditions, according to Multnomah County Animal Services.

According to MCAS, Mathews once had a facility permit from the county allowing him to keep the large number of Chihuahuas on the property. The permit expired in the spring, but a county inspector visited the home on Sept. 10 and found no problems.

There was also an apparent marijuana growing operation found at the home.

While Mathews had a medical marijuana card, he had more plants than legally allowed, so police removed several large bags of pot plants from the home.

The stabbing victim remained in serious condition at a hospital on Wednesday, but he was expected to survive, according to police. His name has not been released because he is a juvenile.

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