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Police investigating Old Town stabbing

Police are investigating an overnight stabbing in Old Town that left a man in critical condition.

The victim, 39-year-old Bryce Carlton Powers, remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition but is slowly improving.

Detectives have learned that Powers, who is homeless, was involved in an argument and altercation with several other suspected homeless men underneath the Burnside Bridge when he was stabbed. Powers walked away and ultimately collapsed in the roadway of Southwest Naito Parkway near Ankeny Street.

Detectives are working to identify the other men involved in the altercation Powers and it is believed that all parties know each other, including Powers.

Due to concerns about public safety, Central Precinct officers will not allow any overnight camping on the sidewalk underneath the Burnside Bridge. The Portland Police Bureau is working with social service agencies to recommend shelters or other alternatives for those needing a place to sleep.

According to police, at 3:58 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Naito Parkway underneath the Burnside Bridge on the report of a pedestrian hit by a car.

Officers arrived and located the victim, a male adult, lying in the roadway just south of the bridge near Southwest Ankeny Street. The victim had not been hit by a car but was suffering from a stab wound.

Medical personnel transported the victim to a Portland hospital where he is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Naito Parkway was closed in both directions from Northwest Couch Street to Southwest Ankeny Street as homicide detectives and criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division processed the crime scene.

It was not immediately known if the victim was one of the homeless people sleeping under the Burnside Bridge.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.