Dramatic scene caught on camera immediately after young woman stabbed at Holladay Park
PORTLAND, Ore. -- New video surfacing Saturday shows a dramatic few moments immediately after a young woman was stabbed by an apparent stranger at the Lloyd Center MAX stop near Holladay Park Friday afternoon.
The young woman is recovering in the hospital and police say she is expected to survive. Police arrested 42-year-old Christopher Woods for Assault and Menacing.
A woman, who did not want to be identified, captured the moments after the stabbing on Facebook Live. In the video, you can see the victim laying on a bench at the MAX stop while a crowd gathered around to support her. Witnesses say was she stabbed in both arms and the back.
"He just pulled a knife on her and started stabbing her," said one witness in the video.
Friends tell KATU News that the suspect was hitting on the young woman, but she refused his advances.
"I said leave us alone because we've got nothing to do with you," said the victim in the video.
Police say that led to a physical confrontation, which eventually led to the stabbing. People at the scene comforted the victim as she waited for an ambulance to arrive.
Multiple people could be heard saying, "You are going to make it, you are going to make it, the hospital is not far."
Friends of the victim spoke up Saturday about what happened. Joseph Paquette says he has known the victim for years. He said the victim is always there for him and he wishes that he could have been there for her Friday afternoon.
"Men these days don't know how to take no for an answer. When they don't get the response they want, they take it overboard," said Paquette. "Women have a right to defend themselves. He straight up disrespected her."
Friday's stabbing marks the third such incident in just the past few weeks in Portland. On May 12, a man was stabbed, apparently at random, outside The Nines Hotel. One May 8, a man was stabbed at random in Old Town and he later died from his injuries.
Crime is not uncommon at Holladay Park either. Shawn Scott Jr., 17, was shot and killed at the park in April.
Dustin Gollyhorn was at the park during the fatal shooting and Friday's stabbing. He says the park has been rather quiet until recently.
"It's that time of day, it's that time of year, things are getting crazy, kids are getting of school, it's warming up, tempers flaring, people are coming out of the cracks," Gollyhorn said.
Gollyhorn spends quite a bit of time at Holladay Park and says the city should have someone patrolling the park all year round to prevent crime like this from happening.