Still no arrests in Medford stabbing incident
No arrests have been made for a stabbing that occurred last weekend amid a downtown Medford brawl, police said.
The fight occurred just before 1:30 a.m. on Saturday near the intersection of Riverside Avenue and East Main Street and migrated to the sidewalk in front of Four Daughters Irish Pub, where security guards intervened and stopped the altercation.
Police have not been able to recover the knife used in the fight, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
An unidentified male victim, who was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with three stab wounds to the abdomen and released the same day, has been unwilling to press charges or divulge who stabbed him, Budreau said.
"There were five people involved," Budreau said. "The victim, he had a friend with him, and there were three other males that were involved in the altercation.
"We are not sure which of those three individuals had the knife."
Everyone involved in the fight is known to one another and known to police, but their identities are not being released, Budreau said.
"The victim in this case does not want to prosecute, which presents obvious challenges for us," Budreau said. "If there are other ways to prove the case then we can do that and the state can still prosecute in spite of the victim's reluctance."
Brandy Butts, general manager of Four Daughters Irish Pub, witnessed three men involved in the fight, including the stabbing victim, running down West Main Street toward the bar at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, she said.
Security guards from Four Daughters immediately jumped in and broke up the fight when it reached the sidewalk in front of the bar and Butts called the police and asked for an ambulance, she said.
"The stab wounds were substantive, he was just lucky enough that they missed anything vital," Budreau said.
The man was bleeding badly when Butts called 911, she said.
Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the Medford Police Department at 541-770-4783.