Man stabbed during fight on West Main Street

A 53-year-old Medford man is recovering from stab wounds after a fight with another man got out of hand Saturday night in the 1500 block of West Main Street.

Ronald David Wolgamot, 44, of Medford has been charged with assault and has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $1 million bail.

The victim, Don Johnson, was taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Johnson received at least two stab wounds, one in the head and one in the shoulder, according to initial police reports.

Police thought the wounds were possibly life threatening because of how heavily Johnson was bleeding.

Johnson received medical aid from firefighters at the scene, then stitches at the hospital. After he was treated and released, Johnson went to the Medford Police Department to provide information about the attack.

The victim came to Wolgamot's house around 3 p.m. Wolgamot became upset with the victim and assaulted him with a knife, police determined.

Johnson managed to flee from the residence, which is owned by OnTrack Inc., and went to a neighbor next door who called 9-1-1.

Medford Police Sgt. Don Lane said it wasn't immediately apparent what caused the dispute between the two men.

"The suspect was upset about something, but he didn't have any patience with Don Johnson," he said.

Wolgamot surrendered to police, and the knife was retrieved from the residence. "He didn't try to flee or put up any kind of fight," Lane said.

Johnson and Wolgamot knew each other previously, and Medford police have had contact with both men during other emergency calls, Lane said.

Wolgamot was arrested in 1992 on theft charges.

Johnson was arrested in July on charges of burglary and assault.

Wolgamot and Johnson didn't appear to be under the influence of any kind of intoxicants during the assault, police determined.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476, or e-mail dmann@mailtribune.com.

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