Two men injured in Medford stabbing

(Note: The day of the stabbing has been corrected throughout this story).

MEDFORD — Police are seeking an attacker who stabbed two men Tuesday night in Hawthorne Park.

Police were summoned to Royal Avenue and Stevens Street where they found a man suffering from a stab wound who was attempting to walk to Providence Medford Medical Center.

"He could not make it any further on his own power and was seen by witness down on the ground," Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said.

Officers soon learned the man and a friend were attacked in Hawthorne Park minutes earlier. When the officer arrived at the park, they followed a blood trail that led them to a patch of grass just north of the public swimming pool.

They found the other man on the ground near his bicycle.

"It's a good thing we arrived as quickly as we did, because neither one was in good shape and it could have turned out badly," Budreau said.

Both were rushed to the hospital by Mercy Flights ambulance.

"They were alive when we last contacted the hospital," Budreau said. "Hopefully, they will recover from their wounds."

Budreau did not have the victims' names or ages readily available. He did say they knew each other, but did not know their relationship to the suspect.

He did not comment on where they were stabbed.

"It's very early in the investigation," he said. "We don't exactly know what happened here."

Police roped off most of the park as they searched from the weapon used in the stabbings.

Detectives on the scene were interviewing witnesses late Tuesday in hopes of piecing together accurate information on the suspect.

Budreau said the department could release details on the suspect sometime today.

He did not rule out any possible motives for the attack.

"We are certainly open to any possibility at this point," he said. "We are hoping to catch a couple of breaks tonight and go from there."

Budreau said a large portion of the park could be closed most of today.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or e-mail

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