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Female security guard stabbed in the head near Oregon Convention Center

Police arrested a 48-year-old suspect who faces charges of second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. He also had several outstanding warrants.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police arrested a man suspected of stabbing a female security guard in the head outside the Oregon Convention Center Monday afternoon, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said.

A PPB spokesperson identified the suspect on Tuesday morning as 48-year-old Okerlil Appleton. He was taken into custody near the scene and booked into the Multnomah County jail. He faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon, second-degree assault, and several outstanding warrants.

Just after 3 p.m. Monday, officers responded to the convention center, located off Northeast Lloyd Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, for a 911 call about a stabbing. At the scene, police learned that the suspect had stabbed a security guard associated with the convention center. The stabbing occurred near the west side of the building.

The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital. On Tuesday morning, a PPB spokesperson told KGW he didn't know the victim's current medical condition, but that "she was talking and in good spirits [Monday] after arriving" at the hospital.

The spokesperson said they didn't know if the victim and suspect knew each other.

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