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Suspect Identified in Old Town Stabbing -- Already in Jail on Unrelated Charges
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Wednesday May 17, 2017 - 9:19 AM
Today, Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives were notified that 37-year-old Jacob Shroyer passed away at a Portland hospital. The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Wednesday. Additional charges are expected to be filed against the suspect, 33-year-old Michael Lee Williams, in connection with Shroyer's death.



Portland Police Homicide detectives have identified the suspect in a May 8, 2017 stabbing that left a 37-year-old man in critical condition.

In the evening hours of Thursday May 11, 2017, Homicide detectives charged 33-year-old Michael Lee Williams with Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon in connection with the attack. Williams was already in custody at the Multnomah County Jail as a result of a May 9 arrest on unrelated charges and a parole violation.

The May 8 stabbing victim, Jacob Pedro Shroyer, a resident of Northwest Portland, remains in critical condition at a Portland hospital. Shroyer's injuries are considered life-threatening.

The investigation started on Monday May 8, at 10:25 p.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a person stabbed at the Pacific Tower Apartments, located at 333 Northwest 4th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located Shroyer suffering from multiple stab wounds. Shroyer was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital where he remains.

Based on information learned in the investigation, the suspect is a black male adult with a large build, armed with a knife. There is no information to suggest the victim and suspect knew each other and the attack appears to be completely random.

During the course of the investigation, detectives developed probable cause to believe Williams was the attacker and obtained evidence linking him to the crime.

Anyone with information about this assault is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Vince Cui at 503-823-0449, vince.cui@portlandoregon.gov.