Bend man stabbed overnight after dispute in Fred Meyer parking lot


A 30-year-old Bend man was arrested early Monday after stabbing another man he was living in a van with, according to Bend Police.

Sgt. Rob Emerson said officers responded to the parking lot at Fred Meyer in Bend for a reported stabbing around 3:50 a.m. The victim, a 44-year-old man, contacted dispatch saying he had been stabbed and injured, Emerson said. The victim had been able to get away from the suspect before calling police.

Officers arrived and helped the victim, who was eventually taken to St. Charles in Bend with multiple stab wounds – but not life-threatening injures, Emerson said.

Emerson said the suspect, Jonathan Mark Connolly, was associated with a white Dodge Van that was still parked at Fred Meyer. They were able to contact Connolly, arrest him and take him to the Deschutes County Jail, Emerson said. he was charged with second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

The investigation revealed that the two men were acquaintances and had been temporarily living in the van together. They got into a dispute while in the van that resulted in Connolly stabbing the other man. The weapon was recovered from the van, along with other evidence, Emerson said.

Emerson said alcohol was believed to be a factor and the investigation is ongoing, with additional charges likely.


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