'Look' leads to bus station stabbing

A 68-year-old transient was arrested on a felony assault charge Monday afternoon in downtown Medford after allegedly stabbing another man because of the way the victim looked at him, police said.

Lloyd Windell Lee was arrested shortly after the 2:23 p.m. attack at the Rogue Valley Transportation District bus station at the intersection of Front and Eighth streets, police said.

The 36-year-old male victim was taken by ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center with two stab wounds to his arms and back, police said. Police described his wounds as not life-threatening, police said.

Lee and his alleged victim did not know each other, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. The victim was on a station bench talking on a cellphone and occasionally glanced at Lee, who told investigators that he took great offense to the glances, Budreau said.

Lee suddenly began punching the victim, then pulled out a 4-inch folding knife and stabbed him twice, Budreau said.

"There weren't even any words exchanged," Budreau said. "There was nothing to provoke it, and his response was extremely violent.

"It's one of those odd cases that just doesn't make sense," Budreau added.

Lee was taken into custody on charges of second- and fourth-degree assault and menacing, police said. He faces a mandatory sentence of almost six years in prison if convicted of the more serious assault charge.

He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on more than $1 million bail.

Oregon court records show no previous criminal cases filed against Lee here.

In a police interview following the attack, detectives suspected some mental-health problems in Lee after he expressed paranoia about being followed, Budreau said.

"There's something else going on with him," Budreau said.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email at mfreeman@mailtribune.com.

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