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OSP Asking For Public's Help To Find Samurai Sword Assault Suspect in Grants Pass Area

November 15, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Photograph links valid at least 30 days - Source: Curry County Sheriff's Office

Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to locate a suspect sought following an early Friday morning assault involving a Samurai sword at a residence near Grants Pass in Josephine County. The suspect is also wanted on outstanding unrelated warrants and OSP urges the public to not contact him and to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 800-442-2068 or 9-1-1 with any information indicating where he is.

On November 15, 2013 at approximately 1:47 a.m., OSP dispatch was notified of a stabbing in the 2400 block of NW Highland Avenue in the Grants Pass area. OSP troopers and detectives responded to the scene to investigate. One person was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening wounds.

Preliminary investigation indicates the suspect, PRESTON JAMES SWEANEY, age 23, was in a motorhome with his brother, NATHANIAL SWEANEY, age 21, and another relative, CHRISTIAN BURNISON, age 18, when they became involved in an argument that turned physical between the older siblings. PRESTON SWEANEY was allegedly holding a Samurai sword and caused laceration wounds to NATHANIAL's side and left arm. CHRISTIAN BURNISON also received a minor cut on his hand while trying to intervene.

PRESTON SWEANEY was last seen fleeing the motorhome on foot and should be considered dangerous. He is wanted on a felony drug-related warrant out of California and a misdemeanor warrant out of Curry County, Oregon for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Intimidation.

PRESTON SWEANEY is described as a white male, 5'9", 155 lbs, hazel eyes, and a scar on his chin and tattoos on his chest, right calf, and shoulder. When last seen leaving the scene he had a shaved head with a "Mohawk" strip, and was wearing blue jeans with white rear pocket stitching and no shirt.

NATHANIAL SWEANEY was transported by AMR ambulance to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grant Pass for treatment. CHRISTIAN BURNISON was not taken to a hospital.

OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives are leading the investigation.

Photograph of PRESTON SWEANEY taken October 2013 at Curry County Jail. The photograph shows his eyes crossed but according to Curry County Sheriff's Office corrections staff he does not have crossed eyes.


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