Attempted dog theft leads to stabbing
A Hermiston man was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly stabbed another man during a dispute over a dog.
Jason Simpkins, 30, is accused of cutting Jonathan Sager, 30, with a knife, causing non-life-threatening lacerations to his back on the 900 block of Southwest 11th Street. According to the Hermiston Police Department, Simpkins was trying to take a dog belonging to Sager, a transient. Simpkins and Sager know each other, officers said.
Police took Simpkins into custody several blocks from where the incident happened. He was charged with assault in the second degree, robbery in the first degree and criminal mischief in the second degree. He was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail on $105,000 bail.
Sager was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston, for his injuries and released the same night. He still has the dog with him.