January 4, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the assault of a commercial truck driver shortly after midnight while he was stopped in the viewpoint parking area along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Corbett in the Columbia River Gorge. The victim received minor, non-life threatening injuries after he reported he was stabbed by one of 2 suspects who approached him. Additional details are provided in this update and anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (800) 452-7888.
On January 4, 2013 at approximately 12:23 a.m., EDWIN J. JONES, age 39, from Plymouth, Nebraska, pulled into the viewpoint parking area because traffic appeared stopped due to a possible traffic crash in the westbound lanes along Interstate 84 near milepost 23. JONES said he got out of his truck and was standing next to it when two men from a sport utility vehicle approached him and asked for money and cigarettes. When he said he didn't have any to give them, one of the two men described as a white adult male pulled a knife and assaulted the victim causing minor wounds to his hand, lower arm and stomach. JONES was involved in a brief struggle with the suspects before they left westbound in a dark colored sport utility vehicle, similar to a Ford Explorer. The vehicle was also described as "lowered".
JONES was transported by ambulance to Mt. Hood Medical Center where he received several stitches for his wounds before being released. He requests no media contact.
The two suspects are described as:
#1 - White male, mid-20s, 5'10", skinny build, light facial chin hair, wearing a black beanie, grayish-black hoodie sweatshirt, and dark cargo pants.
#2 - Hispanic or Indian male, unknown age, 5'10", heavy build, and no clothing description.
OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Kim Long is the lead investigator. OSP was assisted at the scene by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.