Stabbing victim in critical condition

A Medford man remained hospitalized in critical condition Saturday night after he was stabbed during a fight inside an West Medford home, police said.

Police were called to a house at the intersection of South Oakdale and Dakota avenues for a reported stabbing at 4:20 p.m.

The first officers arrived on the scene within a minute and located the victim at the home. The man, later identified as Kristopher Wayne Simpson, had suffered a stab wound to the abdomen, Medford police said in a news release.

Simpson was immediately transported to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, where he underwent emergency surgery. He was listed in critical condition late Saturday.

Witnesses in the area pointed out the suspect's location to police, who soon arrested him outside his home in the 500 block of Dakota Avenue.

Ryan Curtis Barnes, 29, was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on a first-degree assault charge. He was held late Saturday on $1 million bail.

Medford police detectives were called to the scene and determined Barnes and Simpson knew each other prior to the stabbing.

Detectives learned that some sort of disturbance inside Barnes' house had occurred between the two just prior to the stabbing, Medford police said.

First-degree assault carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 7 years, 6 months, per Oregon law.

Police are asking anyone who might have more information on the stabbing to call Medford police Detective Justin Ivens at 541-774-2230.

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