Jordan D. Powell-Mathewson

Jordan D. Powell-Mathewson, jail booking photo

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A restaurant employee on a break was stabbed by a stranger in northeast Portland, according to police.

Officers responded to the 700 block of Northeast Weidler Street at 1:21 p.m. Friday.

A man was found at the scene with stab wounds. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Police said his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A suspect was detained at the scene and subsequently arrested. Jordan D. Powell-Mathewson, 29, of Beaverton, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on the charge of second-degree assault.

Investigators said the victim was on a break from work in a restaurant parking lot when the suspect approached him. The employee told officers he does not know the suspect.

Police said the victim was stabbed multiple times. Powell-Mathewson then walked to his vehicle in the parking lot, according to police, where he was arrested by officers.

Investigators said a knife was recovered as evidence.

A Taco Bell spokesperson confirmed the victim is a Taco Bell employee. 

"We are shocked and saddened to hear that this happened. Our thoughts are with the team member involved who is currently in the hospital. The franchisee who owns and operates this location is working with local authorities on their investigation," according to a statement from Taco Bell Corp. 

Detectives are continuing to investigate and no further details were released, including a possible motive. Anyone with information about this case or the suspect is asked to contact Detective Jeff Sharp at 503-823-9773 or

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