Police have made two arrests in connection with a stabbing this month in Ashland. But in an unexpected twist, they have arrested the man who was stabbed and a friend rather than the stabber.

Police have made two arrests in connection with a stabbing this month in Ashland. But in an unexpected twist, they have arrested the man who was stabbed and a friend rather than the stabber.

Police determined that Raymond Charles Stulce, 27, of Cave Junction, who was stabbed, and his friend, Southern Oregon University student Gordon James Carrier, 21, attacked a man who pursued them after they allegedly stole items from his vehicle, Detective Bon Stewart said.

Tyler Andrews, 23, of San Diego, told police he was sleeping in the back of his pickup truck June 6 when he saw Stulce and Carrier enter the unlocked cab of the truck and take several items.

Andrews said he followed the two to an apartment complex parking lot on the 1500 block of Oregon Street and started chasing them.

"He said they dropped the backpacks near Walker Avenue and alleges that Stulce attacked him, threw him to the ground and started punching him," said Stewart. "(Andrews) admits he had his pocket knife out to scare the two, but also because he was scared and wanted to protect himself."

The stabbing, which police believe was accidental, occurred during the scuffle at Siskiyou and Walker, Stewart said.

Stulce then stumbled to the residence of Carrier on the 700 block of Park Street before being transported to Rogue Valley Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery for the stab wound in his side. He remained there for nearly a week in recovery.

Stulce was arrested Thursday and Carrier was arrested Friday, Stewart said. Both were lodged at the Jackson County Jail in Medford.

Stulce, who was arraigned Friday, was charged with criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault, harassment, two counts of second-degree theft and two counts of unlawful entry into a vehicle. His bail was set at $39,000.

Carrier, who has not been arraigned, was charged with fourth-degree assaults, two counts of second-degree theft and two counts of unlawful entry into a vehicle. His bail was set at $16,000.

— Ashland Daily Tidings