A 33-year-old Medford man was arrested Monday on attempted murder and other charges in Thursday's west Medford stabbing that police said was a revenge attack that mistakenly targeted an innocent man.
Adan Manuel Valdez also was taken into custody on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and resisting arrest for allegedly chasing the victim down the street on a bicycle and on foot into a Plum Street house where he stabbed him before he fled after strangers in the house pulled him free, police said.
Investigators said Valdez and a woman were assaulted earlier that day in what police believe was a gang-related attack, and Valdez believed he was seeking revenge for it with perhaps a rival gang member, police said.
The victim, however, has no gang affiliations and was not wearing clothing that could have led others to mistakenly believe he was a gang member, police said.
"Mr. Valdez was assaulted by someone, potentially by a rival gang," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. "He was out looking for revenge that night when he came across this poor guy walking home from work."
The victim, who has not been identified, underwent surgery later that night at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for four stab wounds to the abdomen and was released from the hospital on Friday, Budreau said.
Valdez was lodged at the Jackson County Jail, where he was being held Monday on more than $2 million bail.
Medford police detectives investigating the case at about noon Monday discovered several people at a house on the 800 block of West 13th Street, including Valdez, Budreau said. They also discovered a bicycle with unique markings on it that were identical to the ones described by the victim, he said.
While attempting to question Valdez, he tried to leave the residence and it took four police officers to subdue him, but only after police had collected enough evidence to arrest him, Budreau said.
Valdez was taken to the Medford Police Department for questioning while investigators also obtained a warrant to search the house, Budreau said. Investigators found additional evidence implicating Valdez in the stabbing, but Budreau declined to discuss it Monday.
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