Pamplin Media Group – Gresham Cops: Store worker stabbed ‘millimeters’ in the heart

Armon Turner faces a charge of attempted murder for the incident, as well as allegedly assaulting a MAX train conductor.

A local man faces a charge of attempted murder, among other charges, for stabbing a convenience store that authorities say inflicted life-threatening injuries.

Armon Rey Turner, 27, is said to have acted as a “belligerent” inside a Plaid Pantry, 18014 SE Stark St., Gresham when an employee asked him to leave around 3:30 a.m. on August 10.

Turner pulled out a knife and rushed forward – but the worker grabbed the blade with his right hand, leaving a “significant laceration,” according to an affidavit of probable cause. Turner then stabbed the employee in the chest, puncturing a lung but missing the heart by “only a few millimeters,” the affidavit states.

As Turner reportedly fled the scene, Clerk Anthony Adams went for help and was quickly rushed to OHSU for surgery, police said. Authorities reportedly recovered video footage of the stabbings, but Turner’s search turned out cold.

Officers from the Portland Police Department say they finally caught up with him in the Halsey Street neighborhood on August 22. Court records indicate that Turner now faces charges of alleged attempted assault against Constable Bryson Kamaka during the arrest.

Turner had previously been charged with several counts of third degree assault for allegedly attacking a MAX train operator in June, but was released in early July.

According to court documents in this case, Turner began to act “argument and confrontational” when asked to leave the MAX train at Ruby Junction in Gresham by driver Ken Kuppenbender around 6 a.m. on June 30. .

“(Turner) suddenly punched Mr. Kuppenbender in the mouth before putting him in a choke and knocking him to the ground,” according to the affidavit, which indicates that this caused bleeding and possible chipped tooth.

Turner, who listed addresses in Portland and Vancouver, Wash., Was arrested by officers who responded that day.

He currently remains behind bars at Multnomah County Jail in downtown Portland.

Zane Sparling
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