Eugene police arrest stabbing suspect, charge him with attempted murder

Arrested: Gilbert Gene Zimmerman (Lane County Sheriff's Office mugshot)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Police have arrested a man in connection with a stabbing in downtown Eugene Friday, the department said in an early morning news release.

Around 7:46 p.m. Friday, August 4, police responded to a dispute involving two men on Jefferson between 8th Ave. and Broadway.

A 911 caller said the dispute was initially verbal and escalated, resulting in one of the men being stabbed. The suspect fled prior to police arrival.

Officers arrived on scene and secured a perimeter. Eugene Police K9 responded and searched the area.

Police said the victim sustained an injury to the abdomen and was transported by medics to the hospital for emergency care.

Patrol and K9 were unable to locate the suspect during the area search.

"We determined at the time there was no direct threat to the public for the outstanding suspect," Eugene Police Department said in the news release.

Patrol officers continued to investigate Friday evening and into Saturday.

During the investigation, police identified the suspect as 35-year-old Gilbert Gene Zimmerman.

On Saturday, August 5, through investigation and community tips, police determined the suspect was on foot in the area of Charnel Mulligan Park near 17th and Charnelton.

EPD officers and K9 responded, located Zimmerman, and safely took him into custody without incident.

He's charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of heroin and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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