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BEND, OR -- Saturday afternoon, a little past 5 o'clock, Bend police were called to the M&J Tavern downtown to report a stabbing. The bartender said a 35-year-old Bend man came into the bar an hour earlier saying he had been stabbed by a man outside. According to police both men had been in the bar earlier but had no interactions. Police later established when the victim stepped outside, he found the suspect slashing his car tires. When he yelled at him, the man charged him, cutting his upper left arm. The suspect then fled. Police put out a description of the suspects' vehicle. Sunday morning an employee at the Bend Factory Stores called police to report the vehicle was parked nearby.  Police arrived and took 42-year-old Brian Blanton into custody for the stabbing. Name of the victim has not been released, although police say he has known Blanton for many years.

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