Oroville man stabbed several times

The residence where John R. Omer was found  with multiple stab wounds  at 1 Balmes Rd., just outside of the Oroville City Limits. Gary DeVon/staff photos

The residence where John R. Omer was found with multiple stab wounds at 1 Balmes Rd., just outside of the Oroville City Limits. Gary DeVon/staff photos

OROVILLE – Police are investigating an assault on an Oroville man who was stabbed several times, including in the chest and back and once in the head.

John R. Omer, 58, was found bleeding the morning of Thursday, July 31 in his residence in back of the old blacksmith’s shop at 1 Balmes Rd, just north of the Cherry Street Bridge. Omer was found by his landlord who called emergency services and the victim was then transported to North Valley Hospital in Tonasket, according to Sheriff Frank Rogers. He was later transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.

Okanogan County  Sheriff's Deputies served a search warrant and  gathered and tagged evidence at the scene.

Okanogan County Sheriff’s Deputies served a search warrant and gathered and tagged evidence at the scene.

Several sheriff’s deputies, including Chief Criminal Deputy David Rodriguez, encircled the scene with yellow police tape. They were seen gathering evidence and sealing it in evidence bags that afternoon. An evidence tag with the number one could also be seen. At the scene Rodriguez said it was too early to speculate how the assault occurred or who committed it.

A number "1" marks the hood of a car where a brown stain was found.

A number “1″ marks the hood of a car where a brown stain was found.

“We have executed a search warrant at the residence and are finished up there now. We have no suspects at this time and no one in custody,” said Sheriff Rogers on Thursday, adding, “At the scene Omer was very uncooperative and refused to tell our guys anything.”

The Okanogan Sheriff’s Department had a detective in Spokane and the sheriff said he sent her to interview Omer in the hospital there.

“He is still being uncooperative… he keeps telling us he doesn’t know what happened,” said Rogers.

The case is still under investigation.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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