GRESHAM, Ore. – A 29-year-old Portland man was stabbed in the stomach after he tried to step in and help a woman who police said was being assaulted by her husband Friday night in Gresham.
Just before 9 p.m., Kit Haberman was walking with a friend to catch a MAX train when he noticed two people under trees near a metal fabrication plant in the 600 block of Northeast Cleveland Avenue.
At first, Haberman said he thought the couple was being romantic, but he quickly realized from the woman’s screams that she was being hurt.
“I put myself between the two and he started to move away,” Haberman said. “I then attempted to outflank him to get a description of his face.”
That’s when the man, later identified by police as 45-year-old Pedro Nunez-Valdivia of Gresham (pictured right), turned and stabbed Haberman in the stomach and ran.
“I didn’t know he was armed. I wanted to protect the lady,” he said.
That lady, 40-year-old Maria Rodriguez, was cut in the hand and treated at the hospital with minor injuries, said Adam Baker with Gresham police.
Haberman, who had just taken a blade to the gut, said he stayed with Rodriguez and followed her home to make sure Nunez-Valdivia didn’t return to attack her.
Paramedics showed up to Rodriguez’s apartment and rushed Haberman to Oregon Health & Science University, Baker said. A short while later, police found Nunez-Valdivia and arrested him on assault, strangulation, and unlawful use of a weapon charges.
Haberman said the knife blade didn’t hit any vital organs, and on his own insistence, he left the hospital earlier Saturday than doctors recommended.
On Saturday morning, Haberman was back with his Godchildren in Gresham. When he was asked how he was feeling, he said he was still pretty sore.