Suspect in stabbing held on $1 million bail

A homeless man remains in the Jackson County Jail on second-degree assault charges after a fight Friday night.

Medford police got a call from a pay phone outside a Purple Parrot at 215 E. Jackson St. at about 9:10 p.m. reporting a stabbing, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.

Officers found a 30-year-old man, bleeding from a cut on his left forearm, sitting on the sidewalk outside the lottery outlet. He told police that he had clashed with Fred Matthew Krings, 67, about who could camp in a spot along the railroad tracks just north of Jackson Street. As they argued, Krings cut his arm, the victim said.

About half a dozen others at the site helped the victim to the pay phone on Jackson Street so he could call for help.

The victim was treated and released at a local hospital for his knife wound. An officer found Krings at the site of the fight and arrested him on a charge of second-degree assault. He remains lodged at the jail today on $1 million bail.

— Anita Burke

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