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Medford police forensic technician Keith Ostrander records images of the area in Hawthorne Park where two men were stabbed. - Bob Pennell

Police suspect Medford man in stabbings

A Medford man suspected of stabbing two men in Hawthorne Park Tuesday night has been arrested on a parole-violation charge and will remain in jail without bail while investigators wrap up their case against him, Medford police said.

"We are confident he is the stabbing suspect," Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said of Daniel Dwayne Logsdon, 27.

Police arrested Logsdon at about 11 a.m. Wednesday at his apartment in the 1200 block of Morrow Road, Medford. He is being held on charges of violating his probation on a 2004 third-degree rape conviction and failing to register as a sex offender.

Also in 2004, Logsdon was convicted of conspiracy to commit third-degree assault for his role in the stabbing of two homeless men in separate attacks under the Fourth Street bridge over Bear Creek, court records show. Police said at the time, Logsdon and Jarvis Orland James Gronholm, then 18, stabbed two sleeping men, robbing one of them and sending both to hospitals with minor injuries. Gronholm was convicted of second-degree assault in those attacks.

Logsdon was released from prison in March.

Investigators suspect he stabbed two 22-year-old men in an altercation at Hawthorne Park shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday. They expect to add charges reflecting the stabbing today.

Both stabbing victims have undergone surgery at Rogue Valley Medical Center. One man, who was stabbed in the abdomen and collapsed while trying to walk to Providence Medford Medical Center from the park, was listed in fair condition. The other man, who was found bleeding on the grass near the park's swimming pool with stab wounds to his arms and abdomen, remained in serious condition Wednesday, hospital officials said.

Passers-by reported a man on the ground on Royal Avenue near Spring Street at about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, police said. When officers arrived, the man told them he and a friend had been attacked at Hawthorne Park. Police followed a trail of blood to find the other man on the ground near his bicycle just north of the swimming pool.

Detectives and other officers worked through the night to track down and talk to witnesses, then returned to the park early Wednesday morning to collect evidence, Doney said.

"We had a lot of witnesses and a lot of leads," he said, noting that the two victims came into contact with the suspect and several other people with him at the park and a dispute had erupted in the warm, spring night.

Doney said some of those involved in the altercation had been drinking.

Investigators identified, then found all the people who clashed at the park, tracking many of them to a home in the 200 block of Cottage Street and others, including Logsdon, at the Morrow Road apartment.

Doney said late Wednesday afternoon that detectives were still gathering details in their case against Logsdon.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail aburke@mailtribune.com.

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