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Fight ends in stabbing

A Medford man allegedly used a fillet knife to stab a Central Point man during a dispute Monday afternoon in a west Medford apartment, authorities said.

The victim, 22-year-old Earl Richard Rick Shamblin, suffered stab wounds to the upper legs and his shoulder as well as cuts to his hands, Medford police said.

He was treated at the Rogue Valley Medical Center and released.

Medford police arrested Jamal Abdulghafoor Rasool, 25, of the 200 block of Grape Street, on a charges of second-degree assault as well as on an outstanding warrant for second-degree theft.

— Heather Shamblin, the victim's 21-year-old wife, said the dispute was over missing money and checks.

The fight occurred around 4:20 p.m. in an apartment on the 300 block of North Ivy Street, where the Shamblins and Rasool met up, police said.

Neighbors heard loud crashing and the noise of glass breaking while the pair brawled in the apartment.

Heather Shamblin, who was covered in Rick Shamblin's blood, said her husband had Rasool in a head-lock when Rasool took out the knife and started stabbing him. Police said the weapon was a folding fillet knife.

After the stabbing, Shamblin ended up outside. Passer-by Jay Humphries said he helped put pressure to deep gouges along the upper end of Shamblin's inner thighs until police arrived.

Police found Rasool trying to hide in the apartment building and arrested him, reports indicate.

Rasool was lodged at the Jackson County Jail in lieu of &

36;1 million bail, a jail spokeswoman said.

Medford police Lt. Mike Moran did not confirm the apparent motive of the assault. Moran said the case will remain under investigation.