Police investigate Friday stabbing

Bend Police are continuing to investigate a Friday night incident during which a man reportedly stabbed two other men in an apparent act of self-defense.

Officers went to the area of Northeast Sixth Street and Burnside Avenue at 9:11 p.m. in response to a report of a dispute in progress, according to a news release from the department. Upon arrival, police learned that three men had allegedly assaulted Juaquin Linares, of Bend, and that Linares had stabbed two of the men to protect his wife and three children, according to the release.

Michael Shane Stell, 36, Joshua Temple Garrett, 29, and Clarence William Wetherald Jr., 40, all of Bend, were arrested and jailed. Stell and Garrett were accused of third-degree assault, and Wetherald of four counts of menacing, the release said.

Police believe the three men attempted to start a fight with Martianna Santos, Linares’ wife, pushing her to the ground while she attempted to protect a child in a stroller, and punching Linares in the face and head.

Linares stabbed Garrett twice in the left arm, police said, and Stell once in the abdomen. Both men were transported to St. Charles Bend with injuries that are not life-threatening. Wetherald was not injured during the incident.

Sgt. Ron Taylor said Saturday that police have not learned of any prior relationship or dispute between the three men and the family. Linares was not arrested, he said, as it appears he was acting in defense of his family.

“On the onset, it seems like a stranger-to-stranger type encounter; we’ve got to look into that a little further and ensure that’s the case, but for right now, that appears to be the case,” he said.

Linares and Santos were not seriously injured in the incident.

Stell, Garrett, and Wetherald have since been released from the Deschutes County jail.

— Bulletin staff report

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