Medford man accused of stabbing girlfriend, onlooker

A Medford man is in jail on assault and attempted murder charges after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend and a young man who came to her defense during a domestic dispute Sunday night.

Jose Serna-Padilla, 43, fled from the apartment he shared with his girlfriend in the 1400 block of Thomas Road, Medford, after the fight, but a police dog found him hiding in a nearby field, Medford police reported. He was arrested and remains in jail today on a charge of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of fourth-degree assault and a charge of being in the country illegally.

At about 10:25 p.m. Sunday, neighbors reported a domestic disturbance at an apartment on Thomas Road in southwest Medford. As officers headed there, a caller told dispatchers that two people had been stabbed in the dispute.

Serna-Padilla's 41-year-old girlfriend had stab wounds to her left arm and right leg and her adult daughter's 20-year-old boyfriend was stabbed in the upper right arm, police said. They were taken by ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center, but their injuries weren't life threatening, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.

Officers learned that Serna-Padilla and his girlfriend had argued, then he physically assaulted her. He grabbed a kitchen knife and began stabbing her. Her daughter and the daughter's boyfriend stepped in and tried to pull Serna-Padilla away. He then stabbed the boyfriend, police reports said.

When neighbors heard the commotion and called police, Serna-Padilla fled on a bike. Police dog Rudi was called to search for him and found the man hiding in a nearby field about 20 minutes later.

He is set to be arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court this afternoon.

— Anita Burke

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