ASHLAND — Two arrests were made in connection with the June 6 stabbing on Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland police said Friday. But in an unexpected twist, the man who was stabbed and his friend, not the stabber, were arrested.

ASHLAND — Two arrests were made in connection with the June 6 stabbing on Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland police said Friday. But in an unexpected twist, the man who was stabbed and his friend, not the stabber, were arrested.

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 when he saw Stulce and Carrier enter the unlocked cab of his 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 in 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 was charged with fourth-degree assault, two counts of second-degree theft and two counts of unlawful entry into a vehicle. His bail was set at $16,000.

Stewart, who investigated the case with Detective Randy Snow, said Stulce's and Carrier's original statements about what happened that night "conflicted on so many points."

"The original story didn't make sense in and of itself," said Stewart. "Because of the fear this brought to the community that this was a random stabbing, we want to make the public aware we did not believe it was random due to the conflicting original statements.

"They reported that the stabbing happened on Siskiyou by Safeway," he said. "But we knew it was near Walker (Avenue) and Siskiyou."

Stewart said detectives found evidence of the stabbing at Clark Avenue and Walker near Siskiyou.

Michele Mihalovich is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. She can be reached at 492-3456 ext. 226 or mmihalovich@dailytidings.com.