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Downtown Portland restaurant owner stabbed by patron who refused to pay bill

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A restaurant owner in Portland was stabbed by a man after the attacker refused to pay the bill.

Leo Khoury, owner of Habibi Restaurant, was attacked on Tuesday evening when he asked Moses Trujillo-Rodriguez to pay for the food he had eaten.

Moses Trujillo-Rodriguez. Credit: Multnomah County Jail.

Unwilling to pony up the cash, Rodriguez stabbed Khoury in the back and shoulder.

According to the New York Post, Khoury is now covered in bandages and bears mental trauma.

“I just start shaking if I see anybody walk inside the restaurant, I just get scared,” Khoury said.

Rodriguez was arrested after he was found hiding in bushes near the eatery.

The attacker is believed to be homeless, and Khoury had always been sympathetic to those less fortunate.

“Since he was young, he wanted to open up a restaurant called Habibi. He worked really hard as a server in the beginning, started saving up his money, and opened up this little place.” Habibi server Saba Saada said of Khoury. “I know all the owners here tried to talk to the city about the homeless problem to try to find a solution, but nothing happened about it yet.”

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