BEND, OR -- A Bend man is charged with attempted murder, for allegedly stabbing an acquaintance Saturday morning. The victim is also likely to face criminal charges.
Bend Police were called to the Northeast Bend home of 22-year-old Alex Burton (pictured) at about 8:15 a.m. for a reported stabbing. Investigators say Burton stabbed 18-year-old Aries Gaber in the leg during a fight, and tried to stab his torso, before dragging him across the yard and attempting to pull him into the house. Gaber was taken to the hospital; where he was treated and released.
Police believe Burton, Gaber and a third man, 24-year-old Brad Masters, who witnessed the stabbing but left before police arrived, were involved in a drug-related armed robbery on the south end of town, earlier that morning. They're looking for victims and witnesses to the robbery, which likely occurred near Walmart and New Hope Church around 2 a.m. Saturday.
Burton is charged with Attempted Murder, Assault, Kidnapping, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Robbery, Criminal Conspiracy and two drug-related charges. Masters is charged with Meth possession and he and Gaber will likely face charges in the robbery investigation.