Man charged with attempted murder in Sunday stabbing

MEDFORD — 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 remained in jail Monday 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 clash.

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. Both were treated and released, hospital officials 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.

Serna-Padilla was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court Monday on two counts of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault and a fourth-degree assault charge.

Court records show he was convicted of assaulting the same woman in 2000 and sentenced to 60 days in jail and probation.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail

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