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Salem police on Tuesday arrested a man accused of stabbing another man in Marion Square Park.

Jacob Joseph Cook, 22, is charged with first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon in Marion County Circuit Court, court records show.

On Monday night, Salem Police Department officers responded to a report of a stabbing in Salem’s downtown park, a news release said Wednesday.

Officers from the department’s Community Action Unit, which patrols the downtown area on bicycles, found a man stabbed in the back. Paramedics after arriving transported the man to Salem Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to the news release.

Officers found leads after interviewing the victim and witnesses. They arrested Cook on Tuesday and incarcerated him in Marion County Jail.

Cook previously pleaded guilty in October 2019 to aggravated harassment and assault of a public safety officer in Marion County Circuit Court and was sentenced to two months in custody by the state Department of Corrections. , according to court records.

He then pleaded guilty in March 2020 to attempting to assault a public safety officer, threatening and unlawful possession of methamphetamine in Polk County and was sentenced to five months in prison.

Cook pleaded guilty in January 2021 to failing to return to the Marion County Jail after receiving a pass for medical treatment and giving false information to a Marion County peace officer. On the same day, he was sentenced to 14 months in prison for violating probation in the 2019 case, according to court records.

Cook was released from Oregon State Penitentiary in mid-December and was issued a warrant on December 22 for an existing parole violation. Salem police arrested him Dec. 28 and he was released from Marion County Jail Jan. 12.

“The stabbing incident in the park happened five days later,” the press release said.

“Patrol and (Community Action Unit) officers worked quickly to make an arrest in this incident,” Lt. Treven Upkes, who oversees the unit, said in the news release. “Our officers patrol the parks as often as possible to create a presence and make the parks safer for everyone, including those who may be homeless and living in encampments.”

-Ardeshir Tabrizian


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