Two plead not guilty in Central Point stabbing attack
Two men accused in a stabbing attack pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Hector Sanchez-Navarro is accused of stabbing acquaintance Richard Dean Ramsey on Jan. 12 at Ramsey's Central Point apartment in the 2100 block of Taylor Road. Mario Victor Richard Salcedo allegedly held back at knifepoint someone who attempted to stop the attack.
Sanchez-Navarro allegedly stabbed Ramsey in the back and knocked out his teeth, according to court documents. A motive is not yet known, but prosecutors intend to argue that Ramsey did not precipitate the attack in any substantial way, the documents say.
Another man at the apartment who attempted to stop the attack also was assaulted and threatened, documents show. When James Robert Krous, 49, tried to intervene, Salcedo allegedly strangled him, menaced him with a knife and told him not to get involved. Salcedo allegedly held Krous at knifepoint until Sanchez-Navarro stabbed Ramsey and told Salcedo to run, documents state.
Sanchez-Navarro, 32, of the 700 block of Broad Street, Medford, turned himself in to Central Point police the morning after the attack. He faces charges in Jackson County Circuit Court of attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.
It was previously reported that Sanchez-Navarro had no previous convictions, determined after searching court records for the name initially given to Central Point police: Ector Navarro-Sanchez. Records show that Sanchez-Navarro was convicted of delivering methamphetamine in 2011 and pleaded guilty to charges of felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and meth possession after he fired a handgun in the air in front of his west Medford home last July.
Central Point police arrested Salcedo, 29, of the 700 block of Northwood Drive, Medford, Jan. 16 on charges related to the attack and for a parole violation on a 2013 felony fourth-degree assault charge. Court records show prior felony charges of meth possession in June and July 2015.
Salcedo was indicted and arraigned Wednesday on one felony charge of coercion and misdemeanor charges of strangling and menacing for his alleged involvement in the January attack.
Sanchez-Navarro and Salcedo remained lodged Thursday at the Jackson County Jail. Salcedo's bail was set at $1 million, while Sanchez-Navarro was being held without bail, according to jail records.
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