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Man in critical condition after early morning stabbing

Police are asking for the public's help identifying two men who stabbed a 24-year-old Gresham man early Wednesday morning in what police believe was a gang-related attack.

James Ray Bass is in critical condition at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital with seven stab wounds to the arm, torso and neck. He was stabbed just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, said Detective John Rasmussen, Gresham Police spokesman.

Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call from the 7-Eleven store at 18735 E. Burnside St. on the report that Bass was stabbed.

The incident began as an argument between Bass and two Hispanic men in the convenience store’s parking lot, then escalated into a fist fight. The suspects chased Bass west on Burnside to the driveway of a trailer park near Northeast 186th Avenue, where police believe one or both of the suspects stabbed the victim.

Both suspects ran from the scene, and Bass stumbled back to 7-Eleven for help.

The first suspect is described as a 5-foot-8-inch tall, 175-pound light-skinned Hispanic male in his mid-20s who is bald or has a shaved head and was wearing a gray and black striped shirt.

The second suspect is a 5-foot-9-inch tall, 170-pound light-skinned Hispanic male in his mid-20s who also is bald or has a shaved head. He also possibly has a goatee-style beard.

Police do not think the attack is connected to a fatal shooting late Monday in Gresham, Rasmussen said.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call 9-1-1 or the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719 or 1-888-989-3505.



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