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  • Police say stabbing was fight between homeless

    Knifing happened on Bear Creek Greenway on Saturday afternoon
  • Medford police Sunday arrested a homeless man they believe attacked and stabbed another homeless man Saturday afternoon on the Bear Creek Greenway.
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  • Medford police Sunday arrested a homeless man they believe attacked and stabbed another homeless man Saturday afternoon on the Bear Creek Greenway.
    Police said that Richard Sutton Standridge, 61, got into an argument with Lee James Braudrick, 32, over an undisclosed piece of property at about 3:30 p.m. on a section of the Greenway behind Crater Lake Ford on Biddle Road.
    Police believe Standridge then stabbed Braudrick multiple times in the chest, and attempted to stab Laurel Solomon, 35, another transient who was there.
    Rescue crews from Medford Fire and Mercy Ambulance performed life-saving measures on the scene and then transported him to Rogue Regional Medical Center, according to Medford police Sgt. Kerry Curtis.
    Curtis said the work of the first responders on the scene likely saved Braudrick's life.
    Standridge fled the scene before officers arrived Saturday, but was tracked down to his campsite near the Greenway just after 2 p.m. Sunday.
    He was arrested on charges of first-degree assault and second-degree assault, as well as attempted second-degree assault because police believe he tried to stab Solomon also. "She was a part of it and we think he attempted to stab her," said Curtis.
    Standridge was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on more than $2 million bail, where he remained Sunday night.
    Police believe all three people involved in the incident knew each other.
    Brauderick underwent surgery and is expected to survive, police said.
    A search of court records shows that Standridge previously was convicted of second-degree assault and menacing in 2004, and sentenced to two months in jail after pleading guilty to the charges.
    He also was arrested for fourth-degree assault in Talent in 2009, according to court records. He pleaded not guilty but was convicted of assault and physical harassment, and spent five days in jail in 2010 for the charges.
    Reach reporter Teresa Ristow at 541-776-4459 or tristow@mailtribune.com.
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