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GP stabbing suspect arrested

Quick reporting helped authorities to aid victim, police to apprehend suspect

Grants Pass Police announced that they arrested a suspect for a stabbing early Saturday near the intersection of Redwood Highway and Rogue River Highway.

The victim, identified only as a 30-year-old man, was transported to Three Rivers Hospital for treatment of the non-life threatening injuries received not long before police arrived just before 3:45 a.m.

Pinard

Detained for further investigation by police detectives and later identified as the suspect was Tyler Pinard, 50. He is being charged with second-degree assault and is being held in the Josephine County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Preliminary investigation indicates Pinard threw a large stick at a passing vehicle being driven by the victim. When the victim stopped to confront Pinard, the assault occurred.

There is no indication of any prior contact between Pinard and the person stabbed. Police say this appears to be a random incident and that no other individuals were involved in the altercation.

Timely reporting of the incident allowed authorities to find a victim as well as apprehend a potential suspect and make contact with potential witnesses, the department pointed out in a press release.

Grants Pass Police encourage people to call 911 and report incidents like this.

“Doing so allows officers to make contact with those who are committing these types of random crimes,” the police department stated. “Officers are trained to contact hostile individuals who may cause harm and have the tactics, verbal skills and tools to prevent injury to others when possible.”

This case remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed this incident or has further information is asked to call the Grants Pass Police at 541-450-6260, refer to Case Number 21-47840.