Attempted Murder Arrest

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, July 25 2012 at 4:26 PM, Updated: Wed, July 25 2012 at 4:37 PM

A Tulelake man is in jail on charges of attempted murder. 

25 year old Josue Francisco Arias is accused of cutting his stepfather's throat with a knife Sunday night.

Tulelake Police Chief Tony Ross explains:  "Officer was on routine patrol, observed a man running down the street with a knife, and all bloody."

The officer on duty was Misti Stradley.  "He was in the middle of the road, and he, I could see that he was bloody, and I didn't notice that he had a knife until I pulled over and contacted him."

Chief Ross notes that the assault took place at a house just off of Main Street in Tulelake...

"She was able to determine that he had assaulted his stepfather with the knife, and that the stepfather was injured at another location."  Ross added that police aren't releasing the name of the victim.  "We would like to get our interviews completed prior to releasing that information."

Chief Ross says that the victim's injuries aren't life threatening.  Ross adds that he has high praise for Officer Stradley...

"I'm very proud.  She did a very good job."

Officer Stradley says it was all in a day's work...

"I wasn't scared.  Not at all.  No.  It's part of the job - I just did what i was trained to do, and took care of the situation."

Josue Arias is on parole, and was out on early release at the time of his arrest. 

It's believed that Arias was upset over the way his stepfather was treating his mother.

Arias is being held without bail at the Siskiyou County Jail.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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