Grants Pass man sought in attack with samurai sword

Oregon State Police issued a news alert Friday asking the public to be on the lookout for a Grants Pass man accused of attacking his brother with a samurai sword.

The suspect, 23-year-old Preston James Sweaney, should be considered dangerous and is wanted on a drug-related warrant out of California and a failure-to-appear warrant out of Curry County on a charge of intimidation.

Lt. Gregg Hastings, a spokesman for OSP, said Sweaney attacked his younger brother, 21-year-old Nathaniel Sweaney, after an argument in a motor home on Northwest Highland Drive turned physical shortly before 2 a.m. Friday.

Hastings said Nathaniel Sweaney suffered lacerations to his side and left arm. Another relative, 18-year-old Christian Burnison, received a minor cut on his hand while trying to intervene.

Preston Sweaney was last seen fleeing the motor home on foot. He is described as a white male, 5-foot-9 and 155 pounds, with hazel eyes and a Mohawk haircut. He was wearing blue jeans but no shirt.

Nathaniel Sweaney was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of his wounds. Hastings said Sweaney is expected to recover.

Tips about Preston Sweaney's whereabouts can be called in to 911 or to the OSP Southern Command Dispatch Center at 1-800-442-2068.

Hastings said the public should call police if they spot Sweaney and avoid contacting him.


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