Police: Stabbing suspect steals victim's car, crashes it

Police: Stabbing suspect steals victim's car, crashes it
Brian Carlson

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A suspect stabbed a man, took his car and crashed it before taking off in his own vehicle Sunday night, police said.

The manhunt nabbed the suspect when he returned to the area on foot about 90 minutes later, police said.

The stabbing victim was taken to the hospital in serious condition. He is expected to survive.

Springfield Police booked Brian Michael Carlson, 30, on charges of DUI, hit and run, reckless driving and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Officers are investigating the stabbing as first degree assault.

Police asked anyone who witnessed the fight between Carlson and another man on S. 67th near Main to call (541) 726-3714.

The investigation started with a report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:43 p.m. While en route, officers got reports of a stabbing in the same vicinity.

Officers found Marlon Smith, 25, lying in the eastbound lanes of Main Street with multiple stab wounds to his abdomen.

Police said Smith sufffered to stab wounds in a a fight with Carlson in front of a home in the 100 block of S. 67th Street.

Police said Carlson fled the scene in the vehicle Smith had arrived in, drove around the block and crashed the vehicle at S. 67th and Aster before fleeing in his own vehicle.

Carlson was located by officers about 1 ½ hours later as he came back into the area on foot. 

The second vehicle he fled in was located at S. 79th and Main streets.