Ashland, Ore. — Southern Oregon University students got a rude awakening early Friday morning, when the school sent out a text alert about a stabbing near campus. Ashland police said multiple suspects were taken into custody, after things got out of control at an off campus party.
“We have a really good working relationship with campus public safety, and I was in touch with the director of campus public safety at two o’clock in the morning as this was going on,” Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara said.
O’Meara said shortly before that, four people showed up, uninvited, to a house party on Iowa street and palm avenue, a couple blocks from campus. He said they were asked to leave, and that’s when the trouble started.
“One of the uninvited is thought to have stabbed two people at the party with a knife,”O’Meara said.
According to police, one victim was treated on scene, and the other was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The four suspects fled, and were later taken into custody with the help of the Talent and Phoenix Police Departments, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Brett Hollins, 21, is facing several assault charges, after police say he stabbed the two victims. Tyler Pascals, 22, Anthony Mooney, 22, along with Phillip Boches, 19, are each charged with assault 3.
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