Thursday, October 25 2012, 12:53 PM CDT
GP Police investigate stabbing; victim leaves hospital
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Police plan to forward information about a Wednesday night stabbing to the Josephine County District Attorney's office.
Police received a call around 11 p.m. Wednesday that a man had been stabbed in the area of Northwest Sixth Street and Northwest C Street, according to a press release from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.
When officers arrived at the scene, however, they didn't see the victim. They received a few more calls from the victim and the various locations he might have been, the release said.
They found him at the corner of Northwest Fourth and Northwest C streets. The victim had a laceration stab wound to his right forearm. An ambulance took him to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment. The victim refused treatment at the hospital and walked out.
But police were unsure where the crime had occurred. The press release says the victim was intoxicated and gave no accurate suspect information.
Through their investigation, police determined the incident may have happened at Bunny's Hotel.
They contacted a suspect -- Benjamin M. Hurtt, 22 -- and started to put together what happened.
Hurtt told police that he had a fight with the victim when the victim refused to leave his apartment.
The victim was becoming violent and the suspect armed himself with a knife for protection, according to a press release. A physical struggle followed.
The victim attempted to take the knife from Hurtt and that resulted in him getting stabbed, the release said.
Police have made no arrests but will forward the case to the District Attorney's office for review.
If you have information, call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at (541) 450-6260.