The Oregon State Police are asking for the public's help to locate a suspect sought following an early Friday morning assault involving a Samurai sword at a residence near Grants Pass. The suspect is also wanted on outstanding unrelated warrants and OSP urges the public to not contact him and to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 800-442-2068 or 911 with any information indicating where he is.
This morning at approximately 1:47 a.m., OSP dispatch was notified of a stabbing in the 2400 block of NW Highland Avenue in the Grants Pass area. One person was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening wounds.
The preliminary investigation indicates the suspect, 23-year old Preston James Sweaney was in a motorhome with his brother, 21-year old Nathanial Sweaney, and another relative, 18-year old Christian Burnison when they became involved in an argument that turned physical between the older siblings. The older Sweaney was allegedly holding a Samurai sword and caused laceration wounds to Nathanial's side and left arm. Burnison also received a minor cut on his hand while trying to intervene.
Preston Sweaney was last seen fleeing the motorhome on foot and should be considered dangerous. He is wanted on a felony drug-related warrant out of California and a misdemeanor warrant out of Curry County, Oregon for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Intimidation.
Preston Sweaney is described as a white male, 5'9", 155 lbs, hazel eyes, and a scar on his chin and tattoos on his chest, right calf, and shoulder. When last seen leaving the scene he had a shaved head with a "Mohawk" strip, and was wearing blue jeans with white rear pocket stitching and no shirt.
Nathaniel Sweaney was transported by AMR ambulance to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grant Pass for treatment. Christian Burnside was not taken to a hospital.
OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives are leading the investigation.
Photograph of Sweaney taken October 2013 at Curry County Jail. The photograph shows his eyes crossed but according to Curry County Sheriff's Office corrections staff he does not have crossed eyes.