Matthew Choi

Matthew Choi, photo provided by Portland police. (KPTV)

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Police have identified the 33-year-old man who was stabbed and killed in a southeast Portland apartment building.

Officers responded to the 300 block of Southeast 12th Avenue at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Matthew Choi, 33, was found wounded at the scene. He died a short time later, according to police.

Choi’s death was ruled a homicide by stabbing.

Investigators said Choi lived in the apartment building where the stabbing occurred. The building has a secure entrance.

A possible motive was not released.

Choi’s mother told FOX 12 it was a stranger who stabbed her son in his own apartment.

Several neighbors said there’s been an uptick of crime in the area and the building has been targeted before.

“There’s been mailroom incidents, bike room incidents,” one neighbor said.

“I don’t even know who the victim was -- I feel really bad for them, but I can’t help but feel like it was almost avoidable, which is really sad to think,” the neighbor said.

“I can’t imagine it was premeditated, which is almost even scarier,” he added.

Access to the apartment building features locked doors and a keypad entry, but neighbors said outsiders manage to get in often.

The suspect is described as a Black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall to 5 feet 11 inches tall with a medium build, wearing dark clothing and a blue mask.

Detectives are looking for any video from nearby homes or businesses that may have captured evidence in this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ryan Foote 503-823-0781 Ryan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Travis Law 503-823-0395 Travis.Law@portlandoregon.gov.

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Roberto Estrello Demar

Portland. You've elected such a batch of kookaloonies that nobody of any value wants to work in City Hall. The same population elects our county "leaders." Keeping Portland "weird" is NOT such a great idea.

Pantherophis

This violence will never stop because Portland mayor Wheeler and the Portland DA all left wing fanatics that dont care about the averages citizens safety only their communist agenda. Get out of Portland while you can thanks to TV stations like fox 12 that tell only the rioters side no one is safe in Portland.

Merlin

Remember black lives matter, Asian...not so much.

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