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Suspect Sought in Stabbing at Interstate 5 Rest Area North of Talent
03/06/2010
Sergeant Mark Byrd
Oregon State Police - Central Point
(541) 776-6236

Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to identify the suspect involved in Saturday night's stabbing at an Interstate 5 rest area north of Talent. The victim, DONALD AHREN, age 60, from Talent, was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was last seen riding a bicycle northbound toward the southbound lanes of Interstate 5.
 
On March 6, 2010 at approximately 8:10 p.m. AHREN reportedly stopped at the southbound Interstate 5 Suncrest Rest Area and went into the men's bathroom. While inside, he was stabbed by an unknown male suspect. After the stabbing, AHREN staggered out of the bathroom and was contacted by a man also at the rest area. While the victim was telling him what happened, the suspect walked out of the bathroom and was last seen riding an unknown color older mountain style bicycle northbound out of the rest area toward the southbound lanes of Interstate 5.
 
AHREN drove himself home where he called to report the crime. Phoenix police responded to his home and notified OSP when they learned where the crime happened. He was transported by ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center for treatment.
 
The suspect was described as a dark complexion adult male in his 30's last seen wearing a khaki colored jacket with dark hood.
 
OSP troopers and Criminal Investigation Division detectives have been continuing the investigation Sunday. There is no known motive at this time. Jackson County Sheriff's Office and police from Medford, Phoenix and Talent have helped OSP look for the suspect.
 
Anyone with information to help with this investigation is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111.