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Police think stabbing was gang-related
MEDFORD, Ore. -- Police believe the suspect in Wednesday's stabbing may have had a gang-related motive.
Around 10 p.m. Wednesday, a Medford Police officer was flagged down by a 24-year-old man at the Withington Street and Plum Street intersection, according to a press release from the Medford Police Department.
The man told the officer that he had been walking home from work when a Latino male on a bike approached him and asked about his gang affiliation.
Police say the man told the suspect he was not affiliated with a gang.
The suspect produced a knife and menaced the victim before riding off, according to the press release.
After talking to the police officer, the victim continued to walk home. The police officer set out to look for the suspect.
Within a few minutes, the police officer heard a disturbance at home in the 500 block of Plum Street.
When the officer arrived, he found the victim he had just spoken to had been stabbed. He was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his wounds.
Through their investigation, they learned the suspect approached the victim on Plum Street after the victim had talked to the officer.
The victim thought the man was going to stab him, so he tried to run. The suspect chased him on a bicycle.
Looking for help, the victim ran into a home that was unknown to him and asked for help.
The two male residents of the home tried to shut the front door to keep the suspect out.
However, police say the suspect kicked the door in and pushed past the two men, who police call witnesses. He then began stabbing the victim.
Police say the two men were able to pull the suspect off the victim. That is when all involved parties fled.
The victim when to a home in the 500 block of Benson Street, where he called police.
Medford Police believe the suspect had a gang-related motive. However, police don't believe the victim is affiliated with the gang and wasn't wearing any clothing that could be mistaken for gang clothing.
Police believe the victim and the suspect don't know one another.
The suspect is described as a Latino man between 20 and 24 years old. He is 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was last seen wearing dark clothing and a blue bandana on his head. He was riding a BMX bike.
If you have information, call the Medford Police Department at 541-770-4783.
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