Medford man suspected of stabbing random stranger in the neck

A 30-year-old Medford is behind bars after and apparently random stabbing that left one person hospitalized.

Posted: Apr. 15, 2019 11:40 AM

MEDFORD, Ore — The suspect in an apparently random Medford stabbing is now in custody following a pursuit, according to a statement from the Medford Police Department (MPD).

On Sunday, officers responded to a call from Providence Medical Center where the victim of a stabbing had was being treated by medical staff.

"It was determined that the location of the stabbing was Crater Lake Ave and Stevens and the victim had been stabbed in the neck by a male that was unknown to him," MPD said.

Investigators came to believe that the victim had been walking with his headphones on when someone had come up from behind and attacked him without warning.

The suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Jeffrey Allen Yost, was located in the area of Grace Christian School — but when officers approached, he fled.

"The suspect later discarded the knife and was taken into custody on the Medford Center property," MPD said.

Yost is now in the Jackson County Jail, charged with Attempted Murder and Assault II. MPD did not reveal anything more about Yost's motivation for the alleged attack. Detectives with MPD have taken over investigation of the case.

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