On Monday, June 24, 1991, Phillip John Rodgers, originally from Grants Pass, OR, and two women friends, had been drinking at a going away party. That night, Mr. Rodgers and the two friends left to drive to Old Town, possibly in an effort to buy drugs.
At approximately 10:55 pm, when Mr. Rodgers stopped his 1982 maroon Datsun station wagon at NW 5th Avenue and Glisan Street, he began arguing with two Hispanic men. Mr. Rodgers then exited the vehicle to confront one of the Hispanic men, who subsequently stabbed Mr. Rodgers twice in the chest. An ambulance was called and Mr. Rodgers died in the ambulance.
Witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic man, 25 to 26 years of age, 5 foot 6 to 5 foot 8 inches tall with shoulder-length black hair and stocky build. He was wearing a white T-shirt with a black waist length, leather-type jacket and white high-top shoes.
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