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  • Police: Simmering feud, alcohol result in stabbing

    Medford is on track to match last year's number of reported knife attacks
  • Alcohol and a long-term feud between several individuals and a 28-year-old man led to the man being stabbed multiple times early Sunday in downtown Medford, police said.
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  • Alcohol and a long-term feud between several individuals and a 28-year-old man led to the man being stabbed multiple times early Sunday in downtown Medford, police said.
    Medford police said the incident was reported at 2:06 a.m. Sunday at the corner of North Front and Fifth streets. The 28-year-old was assaulted by several individuals and stabbed several times in the torso and arms, according to several witnesses. Obtaining statements from those who remained on scene after the assault was difficult, as several had consumed alcohol, police said.
    "Several of the witnesses, in particular those that remained on scene, were intoxicated," said Lt. Mike Budreau.
    Police declined to release names, as no arrests had been made yet, but there will likely be multiple suspects. Specifics surrounding the argument that led to the stabbing were not available, but Budreau said it goes back further than the night of the incident.
    "It's an ongoing, long-term dispute between the involved parties," he said.
    The 28-year-old victim was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He underwent emergency surgery and was expected to live. The weapon used in the stabbing has not been recovered.
    Police said the incident is the eighth felony assault involving a knife for 2014 in Medford. That's on track with 2013 numbers, they added, when by year's end there were 15 reported knife attacks, one of which was fatal.
    There were 19 stabbing incidents reported in 2012, and 12 reported in 2011. Of that number in 2011, five were the murders of Tabasha Paige-Criado and her four children. Jordan Criado, Tabasha's husband was convicted of the killings in April 2013 and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    Budreau said there isn't necessarily a peak season for stabbings. "I would say they're pretty consistent throughout the entire year, perhaps a little bit more during the warmer months," he said.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.
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