Bend man arrested after stabbing outside downtown bar

A 42-year-old Bend man was arrested Sunday after allegedly stabbing another man outside a bar a day earlier, according to police.

Sgt. Tommy Russell said the incident started around 4:15 Saturday when officers responded to a reported stabbing near the M&J Tavern on Greenwood Ave.

The bartender at the M&J Tavern reported a patron had entered the bar saying he had just been stabbed by another unknown man about an hour earlier.

The bartender told the man she was going to call 911 but the victim said he did not want the police called.

Officers who responded reviewed surveillance video provided by the M&J Tavern and learned that the suspect arrived alone in a black 2019 Nissan Armada with no license plates displayed.

The two men had both been in the M&J Tavern, in the video poker area, minutes prior to the stabbing, Russell said.

The two men did not converse or interact with one another so it is unknown what prompted the attack.

The two men walked out of the bar nd the suspect stabbed the victim on a sidewalk nearby, Russell said.

Officers reviewed other surveillance video and learned the victim was stabbed at least one time in the upper left arm.

The suspect tossed the knife near the crime scene and it was recovered by the police, Russell said.

The suspect left the area in the black 2019 Nissan Armada and the victim left on foot.

On Sunday around 11:12 a.m. an employee at the Bend Factory Outlet Stores called Deschutes County dispatch to report seeing the suspect’s vehicle parked nearby.

The caller said she saw a man sitting in the vehicle.  Officers arrived a short time later, but the vehicle was unoccupied.

At 11:26 a.m. a man identified as 42-year old Bend Brian Blanton of Bend approached the officers and asked why they were around his vehicle, Russell said.

The original investigating officer immediately recognized Blanton as the suspect in the stabbing, based upon his review of the surveillance video.

Blanton was still wearing the same clothing as he was in the video of the stabbing, Russell said.

Blanton was arrested and taken to the Deschutes County Jail on the charges of second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Also Sunday officers with the Bend Police Department identified the victim of the stabbing as a 35-year old Bend man.  He was contacted, interviewed and he cooperated with investigators.

He refused medical treatment despite the injury likely needing sutures.

During the interview, officers learned that the victim left the M&J Tavern to return to his vehicle that was parked along the sidewalk on NE Greenwood Avenue.

As he approached his vehicle he saw the suspect, Brian Blanton, slashing one of the tires on his vehicle.  He verbally confronted Blanton who in turn ran at him, kicking him in the chest and cutting his upper left arm one time with a folding “pocket” knife.

The victim recognized Blanton, whom he has known for many years.

Blanton walked away and the victim returned to the M&J Tavern to get some paper towels to stop the bleeding on his arm.

The victim had no explanation as to why Blanton would vandalize one of the tires on his vehicle.

In addition to the previously listed charges, Blanton was also charged with second-degree criminal mischief for the damage he did to the victim’s vehicle tire, Russell said.

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