Transient cited for slashing

A transient accused of cutting a man's face with a knife last month in Ashland is behind bars this week after being arrested in Eureka, Calif.

Rudy James Barela, 28, was arrested by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office on May 29 and cited for second-degree assault, a felony, Ashland Police Deputy Chief Rich Walsh said.

Second-degree assault is a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of five years and 10 months.

He remains in the Jackson County Jail on $500,000 bail.

"We're very happy that this guy was located and now he can be brought to trial for his crimes," Walsh said.

"When it comes to people brandishing knives and using them on other people, this is a life and death matter and these people need not to be out there on the street."

Barela slashed the victim above his right eye and across one arm as the two fought near Second and East Main streets at 1:30 a.m. on May 5, police said.

The victim's injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Barela fled Ashland after the assault, Walsh said.

"He did leave Ashland because he did not want to have to deal with the police," he said.

Walsh said the Ashland Police Department sent a detective to Humboldt County to interview Barela following his arrest there.

The news of Barela's arrest was not released sooner because the department's usual media spokesman is out of the office for training, Walsh said.

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