Man Stabbed Teen for Asking Him for a Cigarette, Police Say

A teenager was stabbed by a 50-year-old man on a bike path near Interstate 205 near Clackamas because he asked the man for a cigarette, police say.

Cain Newcomb.
Cain Newcomb, of Milwaukie, was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 23, faces multiple charges after an incident in which he allegedly assaulting Clackamas 18-year-old Tommy Lee Smith, after Smith asked him for a smoke.

“This question appeared to make the suspect upset,” the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “An argument ensued, and the suspect stabbed the victim.”

The suspect, Newcomb, is “well-known to authorities,” the sheriff’s office added, with numerous prior arrests dating from 1993 on a variety of charges.

Deputies were dispatched at 3:45 Wednesday on a report of a disturbance involving a knife on the multi-use bike path along I-205 under Highway 224 in Clackamas. Deputies arrived on the shoulder of I-205, and had to jump the fence to get to the bike path.

Both Smith and Newcomb were still at the scene. Smith had been stabbed in the chest, and appeared to a punctured lung, deputies said.

Several deputies began treating Smith’s injuries and stabilizing him, using a chest seal and pressure bandaging because of the punctured lung. They followed up by wrapping the victim in a space blanket to help mitigate hypothermia and shock from the loss of blood.

American Medical Response and Clackamas Fire District paramedics arrived. Smith was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment.

Newcomb was arrested and booked at the Clackamas County Jail. His charges include two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of second-degree attempted assault.

Bail is set at $250,000.

More photos of the crime scene are below, courtesy the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office:

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