Pamplin Media Group – Gresham cops: Store worker stabbed ‘millimeters’ of heart

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

A local man faces one charge of attempted murder, among many others, for stabbing a convenience store worker who authorities say inflicted life-threatening injuries.

Armon Rey Turner, 27, allegedly acted ‘belligerently’ inside a Plaid Pantry, 18014 SE Stark St., Gresham when a clerk asked him to leave around 3.30am on August 10.

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

As Turner reportedly fled the scene, clerk Anthony Adams went for help and was quickly transported to OHSU for surgery, police say. Authorities reportedly recovered video footage of the stabbings, but Turner’s search was unsuccessful.

Portland Police Bureau officers say they finally caught up to him in the Halsey Street area on August 22.

Turner has already been charged with multiple 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 the case, Turner began to act “argumentative and confrontational” when he was asked to leave the MAX train at Ruby Junction in Gresham by driver Ken Kuppenbender around 6am on June 30.

“(Turner) suddenly punched Mr. Kuppenbender in the mouth before putting him in a chokehold and throwing him to the ground,” according to the affidavit, which says it caused bleeding and a possible chipped tooth.

Turner, who listed addresses in Portland and Vancouver, Washington, was arrested by responding officers that day.

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

Zane Sparling
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