Man cut when he stops to intervene in argument

A man and woman arguing in the street turned on a group of concerned passersby who stopped to check on them, attacking one man with a knife and swinging a longboard at other people in his car.

Whitney Marie Grant, 20, no address listed, is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $1 million bail on a second-degree assault charge. Nathan Dewayne Ramirez, 21, no address listed, is jailed on two counts of attempted third-degree assault. His bail is set at $20,000.

Medford police were called to a disturbance at about 8:50 p.m. Sunday at Oakdale Avenue and Sixth Street.

Investigators determined that Grant and Ramirez had been arguing in the street. A 48-year-old man driving by with another man and woman in his car stopped to see what was happening.

Ramirez reportedly confronted the group that stopped, swinging his longboard at them and their car, police said. He didn't strike anyone or anything, a news release reported.

Grant pulled a knife with a 3-inch blade from her purse and attacked the 48-year-old man, cutting up his hand and arms.

"He had his hands out in front to defend himself," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said, adding none of the injuries were serious, and that the man did not require hospitalization. "They're actually somewhat superficial cuts."

Police said Grant and Ramirez would not tell them what their original argument involved.

"(Both) were intoxicated and uncooperative," Budreau said.

Budreau recommended that people report public altercations, but refrain from engaging apparently angry or violent individuals on their own before law enforcement arrives.

"You've got to be careful," he said. "You don't want to have yourself get injured."

— Ryan Pfeil

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