A stabbing early Friday in Pendleton sent one man to surgery and led to the arrest of a suspect, according to Pendleton police.

A caller at 12:57 a.m. reported the stabbing happened at the intersection of South Main Street and Court Avenue, Pendleton Police Lt. Bill Caldera said in a written statement. The first officer arrived within a minute and gave aid to the 32-year-old victim, the statement said, and an ambulance took the man to St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton.

Witnesses described the suspect to police and said he fled on foot. Officers at 1:17 a.m. caught Joseph Ray Melow, 46, in the 300 block of Southwest Emigrant Avenue and arrested him for first-degree assault. He’s now in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton. Melow and the injured man are Pendleton residents, Caldera said this morning.

Caldera also said the last he knew the injured man was in surgery. He said police are still in the early stages of the investigation and will give findings to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office. He said it would be up to the district attorney to provide the name of the victim.

Police asked any witnesses to call the department at 541-276-4411 or the Umatilla County dispatch center at 541-966-3651.


Contact Phil Wright at pwright@eastoregonian.com or 541-966-0833.

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