A 68-year-old transient was arrested on a felony assault charge this afternoon in downtown Medford for alleging stabbing another man because of the way the victim looked at him, police said.
Lloyd Windel Lee faces a mandatory sentence of almost six years in prison if convicted on the second-degree assault charge on which Medford police arrested him shortly after the 2:23 p.m. attack at the Rogue Valley Transportation District transfer station at the intersection of Front and Eighth streets, police said.
The 36-year-old male victim was taken to Providence Medford Medical Center with two stab wounds to his arms and back, police said. His wounds were described as non-life threatening, police said.
Lee and his alleged victim did not know each other, but Lee told police he did not like the way the victim was looking at him from a nearby bench, police said.
Lee then allegedly began punching the victim, then pulled out a 4-inch folding knife and stabbed him, police said.
Lee was also taken into custody on charges of fourth-degree assault and menacing, police said. He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on more than $1 million bail.
A conviction on a charge of second-degree assault carries a mandatory minimum sentence in Oregon of 72 months in prison.
— Mark Freeman