Hermiston police are having a tough time determining what happened Thursday that led to a stabbing.
Police chief Jason Edmiston said there have been no arrests because of conflicting initial statements and people not cooperating with the investigation, including the victim.
“We want to make sure the threshold is there before we arrest somebody,” Edmiston said.
Edmiston identified the victim as Troy Curtis Rutherford, 30, and the possible suspect as Marcus Allen Nelson, 32, both of Hermiston.
Hermiston police Thursday morning responded to reports of a stabbing at a trailer at Dun Rollin Trailer Park, 445 E. Jennie Ave., Hermiston. Officers found no one involved, then checked at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston, where Rutherford received treatment for superficial stab wounds to the head and back of his shoulders, according to statements from Edmiston.
Police also found Nelson at the hospital and detained him, but he does not face charges, nor does anyone else.
Edmiston stated potential witnesses are not complying with the investigation, Rutherford has been uncooperative, and initial statements from Rutherford and Nelson conflict. Edmiston also reported police don’t yet know Rutherford‘s “true intention(s)” of going to Nelson’s residence.
Those red flags raise the specter of self defense, but Edmiston said he could not comment on that due to the continuing investigation. And while police have yet to know just what went down, Edmiston said his department would hand over its findings to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office to consider any charges.
Rutherford has a misdemeanor theft case and a trespassing case pending in Umatilla County Circuit Court, according to court records. And Nelson has hearings Jan. 17 to change his pleas in an identity theft and forgery case and to charges of methamphetamine possession and misdemeanor theft.