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Man stabbed outside city nightclub

A Medford man was arrested for assault in the stabbing of another man only an inch below his heart after a fight at an Ashland nightclub, the Ashland Police Department said.

About 2 a.m. Sunday, a fight broke out between Edelmark Ganir Pinpin, 22, of Medford, and Justin Sckneck, 27, of Grants Pass, at the Kat Wok at 62 E. Main St., Sgt. Bob Smith said.

Bouncers from the nightclub quickly escorted the men out of the establishment, but the troubles between them continued.

"After being booted-out, more words were exchanged and punches were thrown," Smith said.

During the altercation, it appears Pinpin pulled out a folding pocket knife and stabbed Sckneck about an inch below his heart.

"My understanding is if it had gone in at a different angle, or an inch higher, it would have gone into his heart," Smith said.

Alcohol does appear to be a factor in the incident, police officials said.

Sckneck left the scene not realizing he had been stabbed, only that his ribs were really sore from the fight, Smith said.

A few minutes later, he was approached by an officer at a nearby downtown location.

The officer noticed Sckneck had blood on his hands, police officials said.

He told the officer he had just gotten into a fight and had been punched in the ribs a few times. When the officer asked him to lift his shirt, he discovered the stab wound, Smith said.

Sckneck was taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford for treatment. He was treated and released a short time later, a nursing supervisor said.

Pinpin was arrested on suspicion of assault and taken to the Jackson County Jail in Medford, where he is being held on $1 million bail.