Homicide detectives are investigating a third deadly encounter in east Portland in three days.

The latest occurred Monday afternoon at an apartment complex along Southeast 122nd Avenue, where police say a man in his 20s was killed in an apparent stabbing.

Police took a man in his 50s into custody. Both men lived at the Seven Gables Apartments, although their relationship and a motive has not been disclosed.

Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesman, said the victim collapsed outside the apartments and died there. Simpson said the victim had wounds consistent with a stabbing, but a cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Simpson said the man taken into custody was known to officers after previous incidents at the apartments. That man was taken to a hospital for heat-related medical issues.

Residents at the apartment complex, next to the Midland Library near Southeast Stark Street, said they have long been concerned about safety.

Dianelis Naranjo, 22, moved to the apartments with her mom and dad about two years ago. They recently moved to a unit that fronts 122nd, to get away from what Naranjo described as trouble in the middle of the complex.

Naranjo said people sleeping in stairwells, drug use and cars coming in and out are common.

“I knew that it was going to happen sometime,” she said of the killing.

Maria Araujo, 35, said she won’t let her three young girls out of her sight.

She’s been trying to find another place to live since she and her husband moved in three years ago.

“Nothing good is here,” she said, “in these apartments.”

Monday’s incident is the third fatal encounter in east Portland in three days. On Saturday, a 57-year-old man was shot and killed in front of his home on Southeast 151st Avenue. Police arrested a neighbor, Jon E. Landis, on accusations of murder.

Sunday night, police shot and killed 29-year-old Alan Lee Bellew in a parking lot at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Halsey Street after he pointed a starter pistol at officers.

Simpson said many of the same detectives and on-scene personal have been involved in all three cases.

“That takes its toll,” he said.

— Brad Schmidt

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