Klamath County Stabbing Suspect Taken Into Custody

A suspect has been taken into custody and charged with assault and unlawful use of a weapon after police say he stabbed a man in the neck Thursday afternoon in Merrill.

Posted: Apr. 26, 2018 6:54 PM
Updated: Apr. 27, 2018 9:55 AM

MERRILL, Ore. — Just after 2pm on Thursday, Klamath 9-1-1 Emergency Communication received a call of a man stabbed in the neck at the Merrill Apartments. Police put a nearby school on lock-down until they could secure the suspect.

Merrill Police, Malin Police and Klamath County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call and found 27-year old man with a stab-wound to his neck. The attack happened while the victim was inside his apartment with his two children.

The victim was able to identify his attacker as Arturo Jeffery Leon. Police found Leon within an hour of the stabbing in the 100-block of W Court Drive in Merrill, and took the suspect into custody.

Basin Ambulance transported the victim to Sky Lakes Medical Center where he was treated and released.

The Merrill Elementary School was placed on locked down for a brief time until the suspect was taken into custody.

Leon is charged with assault in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon. The incident is still under investigation.

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