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Medford man arrested in unprovoked stabbing

A Medford man who told police he was schizophrenic and had delusions of murdering someone for more than the past year allegedly stabbed "the first person he saw" on an east Medford street after leaving his apartment early Sunday, authorities said.

The victim suffered a 4-inch-long cut on his neck, and suspect Jeffrey Allen Yost was arrested two hours later at the Medford Center after first threatening two officers with a large knife and attempting to flee, police reports state.

Yost was taken into custody on charges of attempted murder and second-degree assault stemming from the 5:35 a.m. attack that the victim said was unprovoked, police said.

Yost told police he also tried to stab an unidentified transient man on Biddle Road prior to his arrest, but no victim has been identified, police said.

Yost was arraigned Monday afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court on two counts of attempted murder, one count of second-degree assault, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and harassment. He remained lodged at the Jackson County Jail on $207,500 bail. He's due back in court April 22 for a hearing, court records show.

Yost told police he was schizophrenic and had delusions of murdering someone for the past 15 months, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case. He told police he awoke Sunday morning hearing voices in his head that made him angry, and that he grabbed a kitchen knife, stormed out of his Crater Lake Avenue apartment and “stabbed the first person he saw walking down the road,” the affidavit states.

The victim told police he was wearing his headphones and crossing Crater Lake Avenue on foot near Stevens Street when Yost approached him and stabbed him once in the neck, the affidavit states. The victim told police Yost fled after he tried to defend himself.

The victim sought treatment at Providence Medford Medical Center, where authorities alerted police, the affidavit states. The wound required four stitches, police said.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

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