Stabbing manhunt ends in Medford


    Derek Ray Johnson was arrested in Medford on a warrant for a stabbing out of Northern California

    A man accused in a Northern California stabbing was arrested Tuesday at an East Medford apartment complex.

    Derek Ray Johnson, 24, is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bail as an out-of-state fugitive charged in a late February attack on a 51-year-old man out of Fortuna, California, according to releases issued by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Jackson County Circuit Court records.

    Johnson waived extradition Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court, and will be extradited to Humboldt County, California to face felony charges out of Humboldt County of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, use of a deadly weapon and great bodily injury, according to an extradition warrant filed in Jackson County.

    The arrest stems from a stabbing attack first reported just after 5 a.m. Feb. 21 in Fortuna, California, according to a release from Fortuna police. Fortuna police and California Highway Patrol officers ultimately found a 51-year-old man, whose name has not been released, laying down and bleeding on a sidewalk.

    Police identified Johnson as a resident of Fortuna the next day, according to a second release.

    "The department is actively searching for Johnson and requesting the public assistance in his apprehension," a Fortuna press release said.

    The stabbing victim was rushed by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California, where the victim had been stabilized by Feb. 22 according to Fortuna police.

    Police in Southern Oregon tracked Johnson to a home in the 3000 block of Sheraton Court just after noon Tuesday, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

    "Johnson initially attempted to flee through a back door, but was met by waiting task force officers," the Jackson County Sheriff's Office release reads. "He was taken into custody without further incident."

    Leading up to the arrest was an investigation through the Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force, an interagency group that specializes in locating and arresting fugitives consisting of officers with the U.S. Marshals Service, Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Central Point police, the sheriff's office said.


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