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Medford police arrest three suspects in July 7 knifing case

Medford police arrested three suspects connected to what they called a gang-related stabbing and riot two weeks ago near downtown Medford.

The suspects are a 16-year-old boy and two women, 18 and 22, held in custody on a variety of charges, including second- and third-degree assault and rioting.

The arrests stem from a large fight reported at 1:37 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at the corner of Prune and Plum streets. Police found 10 to 15 people fighting, but they all fled when law enforcement arrived, leaving behind Francisco Javier Rodriguez, 27, who had been stabbed in the torso.

Police identified 16-year-old Dennis Guinac, of the 1800 block of Keene Way Drive, as a suspect in the stabbing. Guinac had run from the scene when police arrived.

Police said Rodriguez had been walking with a friend past a party when several Nortenos gang members outside began harassing them verbally for not being in the gang, police said.

"The verbal confrontation went right into a physical confrontation," said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau. "It was eight to 10 Nortenos beating up these two males who were walking by."

Budreau added that Rodriguez was not necessarily in a rival gang and emphasized the attack was just for not being a Nortenos member. The case is still under investigation.

Rodriguez was transported to Rogue Valley Medical Center, where doctors determined the wound missed vital organs.

"I would say the victim was very lucky. It was a deep stab wound. One inch either way, it could have been deadly. It obviously could have been a lot worse," Budreau said.

Rodriguez was treated and released from RVMC, police said.

On July 7, police arrested Helen Ortega-Arechiga, 18, of the 500 block of Prune Street, for disorderly conduct and furnishing alcohol to minors. She was released and rearrested Thursday, July 19, on riot and third-degree assault charges for her alleged involvement in the fight.

Police also arrested Rubiselda Quintero, 22, of the 100 block of Kenwood Drive, on riot and third-degree assault charges. Both are held in the Jackson County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Guinac was arrested Tuesday, July 17, on second-degree assault and riot charges. He is held in the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center. Guinac already had been under state supervision for second-degree disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon stemming from an October 2011 incident, but Juvenile Department officials said they couldn't comment on specifics.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.