A 23-year-old man was arrested last week on suspicion of stabbing a downtown Portland restaurant owner who asked him to pay for his meal, records show.
Moses Trujillo-Rodriguez is accused of felony assault and unlawful use of a weapon in the Sept. 29 incident. He’s being held in the Multnomah County Inverness Jail on $255,000 bail.
Mazen Khoury, owner of Habibi Restaurant on Southwest Morrison Street, told police that Trujillo-Rodriguez became irate when asked if he was ready to pay for his food, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Trujillo-Rodriguez demanded to borrow a cellphone to use Apple Pay and stated he would not pay for the food, according to Khoury, who then asked him to leave and walked toward the door.
Trujillo-Rodriguez then stabbed Khoury in the back, slashed his arm and ran out the door, the affidavit says.
Khoury and restaurant employees followed Trujillo-Rodriguez, who is also referenced in records by the surname Trullio, until police showed up and took Trujillo-Rodriguez into custody.
Trujillo-Rodriguez confirmed to a detective after being taken into custody that he knew he couldn’t pay for the food he ordered and that he stabbed the restaurant owner in the back, according to the affidavit.
Khoury was taken to a hospital for treatment.
— Jim Ryan
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