Noise-complaint stabbing investigated

Medford police seek as many as 6 suspects after neighborhood dispute turns violent
Carstens, Lucas Ivan

As many as six people are suspected of assaulting and stabbing their Medford neighbor multiple times Tuesday night on Elm Street after he repeatedly asked them to turn their music down, police reported.

The 39-year-old man, whom police have declined to identify until more arrests are made, remained Wednesday at Providence Medford Medical Center after emergency surgery. His condition was not available, though police said the man was stable.

Police have arrested one man in the assault, 19-year-old Lucas Ivan Carstens, no address given. Carstens was in the Jackson County Jail Wednesday on charges of third- and fourth-degree assault. His bail was set at $29,000, according to jail records.

Police said they haven't yet charged Carstens as the one who wielded the knife, saying he was one of as many as six individuals involved in the assault.

"We can link him to being involved, but there were so many individuals there, we're not sure who the stabber was at this point," said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.

The stabbing and assault happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of Elm Street.

Prior to the incident, the 39-year-old man had opened a window and asked those in an adjacent apartment to be quiet and turn the music down.

"There were several individuals associated with a particular apartment that the victim has noticed to be a continual problem with loud noise," Budreau said.

When nothing changed, the man went outside, where he was immediately jumped and assaulted by several people from the apartment, police said. He was beaten and stabbed several times in the head and torso. The man was taken to Providence by a neighbor who witnessed the assault.

Police tracked Carstens to the corner of Eighth and Elm streets — about a block away from the assault — at 12:42 a.m. Wednesday and arrested him.

The assault is not believed to be gang-related. The investigation is ongoing, and more suspects are being sought. Police said the weapon used in the stabbing has not been found.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Medford police at 541-770-4783.

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