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Police make fifth arrest in stabbing of Grants Pass teen

The victim was stabbed two times in the back on Saturday by a group of other teens.

Posted: Apr. 21, 2019 11:15 AM
Updated: Apr. 22, 2019 4:41 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. —

UPDATE: Authorities have made their fifth arrest in the case of a 17-year-old boy stabbed twice in the back on Saturday.

Because all of the parties involved are minors, police have kept details somewhat vague. Investigators believe that the assault "was related to an interaction the victim had" with a juvenile girl.

"The four arrested males confronted the victim over this interaction at the Evans Street address," the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) said in a statement. It was here that the alleged stabbing assault took place.

All four of the juvenile boys were arrested on assault charges later that night. Now, however, GPDPS says that the girl has been arrested as well.

"The interview confirmed the female had in fact lured the male victim outside of the Evans Street residence where he was assaulted by the four males, one of which stabbed the victim in the back," the agency said.

The 15-year-old girl was arrested by detectives and lodged at the Josephine County Juvenile Justice Center, charged with Assault in the Third Degree.

(Updated 4/22/19 at 4:15 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety says a 17-year-old was stabbed in Grants Pass.

The stabbing happened on 1327 NE Evans Street. The department says one of the juveniles stabbed the victim in the back with a box cutter. 

The victim's injuries are two stab wounds to the back. Both are non-life threatening. The police department says the assault was related to an interaction the victim had with the suspect.

All four of the suspects fled the scene but were found later. They are now at the Josephine County Juvenile Justice Center.

Four males have been arrested because of the stabbing. One was a 17 year old Grants Pass Resident, a 14 year old Grants Pass Resident, a 15-year-old Grants Pass Resident and a 15-year-old Grants Pass Resident. 

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