Robert Quinn

Lithia Park stabber found guilty

A 65-year-old Nevada man accused of stabbing a man and woman multiple times in Lithia Park last September has been found guilty of felony assault.

Robert Obyrne Quinn, of Reno, was convicted during a jury trial today in Jackson County Circuit Court. He failed to appear for the verdict, but has since been arrested and is lodged in jail awaiting his sentencing, according to a release from the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Ashland police have said the victims were walking in an area between Ashland City Hall and the Lithia Park entrance at about 7:40 p.m. Sept. 19, 2016, when they got into an altercation with Quinn that turned violent.

During the fight, Quinn pulled out a knife and stabbed the man 12 times and the woman four times when she tried to intervene, according to the DA and police. Both victims have recovered from their injuries, the DA's office said. The attack was captured on cellphone video and a knife found at the scene had Quinn's DNA on it. Police found Quinn shortly afterward but he denied any knowledge of the attack or of owning the knife, the DA's office said.

The jury found Quinn guilty of first- and second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon, all felonies.

Quinn's original charges, handed up by a grand jury, included attempted murder.

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