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Ashland man murdered on Strawberry Lane

An Ashland transient is being held without bail on a murder charge following a stabbing at a party that left a 20-year-old man dead.

Pedro Sabalsa Mendez, 22, described himself as an Ashland transient when he was booked at the Jackson County Jail on Sunday morning, jail officials said.

He is accused of stabbing Avi Feldman of Ashland.

Police responded to the 200 block of Strawberry Lane near Lithia Park at about 1 a.m. Sunday after dispatchers received a 911 call saying someone had been stabbed. Officers arrived to find a male at a nearby driveway suffering from multiple stab wounds, police said.

Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful, and Feldman died at the scene. His family has been notified of his death, police said.

Officers located Sabalsa Mendez near the crime scene and he was arrested without incident, police said.

Sabalsa Mendez and Feldman were friends. A large knife was recovered at the scene, Ashland Police Department Officer Bon Stewart confirmed.

The stabbing death comes on the heels of an alleged knife attack near the entrance of Lithia Park in September.

A man was stabbed several times and a woman was slashed when she tried to intervene. Feldman was an acquaintance of the two, according to media reports at the time.

Nevada fugitive Robert Obyrne Quinn, alias Michael Jerome Quinn, is being held in jail on $750,000 bail on charges that include attempted murder and first and second-degree assault in relation to the alleged September attack. Quinn's trial is scheduled for February 2017, according to jail and Jackson County Circuit Court records.

Stewart said the September case and the Sunday stabbing are not related.

Also in September, Diana Lynn Zeman of Ashland was sentenced to 20 years under the custody of the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board after being found guilty except for insanity on a felony charge of attempted murder. She was hallucinating when she stabbed a homeless man last winter as he walked from the Pioneer Hall emergency shelter near Lithia Park toward the downtown Ashland plaza.

Another woman, Susan Marie Gibbs, is facing multiple charges including attempted murder after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend in the back at a homeless camp on Ashland's outskirts in September.

The Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit is continuing to investigate the stabbing death of Feldman. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Ashland Police Department at 541-482-5211. Anonymous tips can also be left by calling 541-552-2333 or emailing tipline@ashland.or.us.

Reach staff reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.