BEND, OR -- Residents in Deschutes River Woods were put on high alert early Friday morning, as the Sheriff's Office searched for an assault suspect. Deputies responded to Kiowa Road at about 1:11 a.m. after a 39-year-old woman told 911 dispatchers she and possibly another person had been stabbed. The suspect, 43-year-old Marcus Steel of Bend, was the woman's ex-boyfriend. The victim reported he'd left on foot after the assault.
Multiple agencies helped set up a perimeter and the Emergency Phone Network sent an emergency call to neighbors to notify them of the police activity. Investigators say Steel went to the home on Kiowa Road to talk to the woman but a fight quickly ensued, and the woman and a 22-year-old man were stabbed. Both were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Steel was caught at about 5:30 a.m. The Sheriff's Office says he was found in a nearby backyard and held by the homeowner and two dogs until deputies arrived. Steel was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Investigators believe he was hurt after the assault, but before entering the nearby residential backyard. As of Friday afternoon, he remains at the hospital, in the custody of deputies.