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Bonanza man charged in fatal Grants Pass knife attack

A Klamath County man faces a murder charge for allegedly killing a man with a knife Sunday in northeast Grants Pass.

Jeremy William Garcia, 43, of Bonanza, is in the Josephine County Jail for allegedly killing 49-year-old Cole Osborne in the 800 block of NE D Street, according to a press release issued by the Grants Pass Police Department.

A disturbance in the area was reported at 10:17 p.m. Sunday, according to police. On scene, first-responders found Osborne with a “life-threatening” knife wound to his abdomen, according to police and documents filed in Josephine County Circuit Court.

AMR paramedics rushed Osborne to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, where the man later succumbed to his injuries.

Grants Pass and Oregon State Police detectives allegedly linked Garcia to the homicide, and tracked him to a residence in the area of Swathout and Cloverlawn drives in Grants Pass.

The police department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team surrounded the residence Monday, and police took Garcia into custody without incident.

When questioned, Garcia allegedly admitted to “swinging the knife one time,” according to an affidavit filed by police, which added that Garcia didn’t believe he had significantly hit Osborne before leaving the scene.

Police said that Garcia left the scene with the weapon, then threw the knife in a nearby field.

The Josephine County District Attorney’s Office charged Garcia Tuesday with second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

He is also held in the Josephine County Jail on a fugitive warrant for violating the terms of his parole or probation in Idaho.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the Grants Pass Police Department’s nonemergency number at 541-450-6260.