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Police investigating deadly stabbing in Grants Pass on Sunday

One man is in custody after a deadly stabbing at a Grants Pass motel over the weekend, according to the Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety.

Posted: Jun 8, 2020 10:41 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — One man is in custody after a deadly stabbing at a Grants Pass motel over the weekend, according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.

Just before noon on Sunday, dispatch received a call about a "collapsed male" at the Best Way Inn on NE 6th Street. When paramedics from AMR arrived, they found a man who had been stabbed.

"Grants Pass Police and Fire Rescue personnel immediately responded, rendered aid and secured the crime scene," GPDPS said.

Officers found out that two men had left the room before emergency personnel arrived at the scene. The victim, later identified as 35-year-old Victor Barragan-Cruz of Salem, was rushed to Three Rivers Medical Center. He died before he could be stabilized.

"Grants Pass Major Crime Detectives responded and took over the investigation while Patrol officers began checking the area for the two outstanding men who fled from the room," GPDPS said. "Both men were later detained and interviewed at length about the stabbing."

Investigators identified 24-year-old Esteban Perez-Hernandez of Woodburn as the primary suspect in the stabbing. Perez-Hernandez was taken to the Josephine County Jail on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Tampering with Evidence.

"Furthermore, there is no additional threat to the public and a motive for the killing is still under investigation," GPDPS said.

Anyone who has information related to this case is asked to contact the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at (541) 450-6260.

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