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Suspect jailed in stabbing at homeless camp on Bend’s Juniper Ridge property

Several homeless camps have been located on the city of Bend's Juniper Ridge property
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Several homeless camps have been located on the city of Bend's Juniper Ridge property

(Update: Sheriff's office releases details on crime, arrest)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A 42-year-old Bend man has been arrested on assault and other charges in a stabbing Saturday that left another man with life-threatening injuries at a homeless camp on the city’s Juniper Ridge property, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said Sunday.

Deputies were dispatched around 3:25 p.m. to the reported stabbing, Detective Sgt. Ron Brown said in a news release. The caller, the 38-year-old male alleged victim, called 911 to report another man had stabbed him in the neck.

Several deputies responded and found the alleged victim with several stab wounds, Brown said. Detectives also were called out to help in the investigation.

They determined that the suspect attacked the alleged victim, who had arrived at the suspect’s camp to drop off items belonging to the suspect, Brown said.  

The 42-year-old allegedly stabbed the other man several times, and he was taken by ambulance to St. Charles Bend with life-threatening injuries, the sergeant said, adding that “the attack appears to be unprovoked.”

Investigators also learned a woman who accompanied the male victim had a restraining order against the suspect. Brown said detectives learned the suspect and the woman had been communicating about bringing his belongings to his camp.

The suspect was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and then taken to the county jail, where he was lodged on charges of first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and violation of a restraining order.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Bend police and fire departments.

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