Transient arraigned in stabbing incident

A homeless man was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court Monday on two assault charges stemming from a fight over a campsite Friday night.

Fred Matthew Krings, 67, faces a second- and a third-degree assault charge, court records show. He remained in the Jackson County Jail Monday with bail set at $100,000 by Judge Patricia Crain.

Medford police arrested Krings Friday night after a man reported that Krings had stabbed him.

Police got a call from a pay phone outside a Purple Parrot at 215 E. Jackson St. at about 9:10 p.m. Friday 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 Krings 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 told police.

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 the knife wound, Doney said. An officer found Krings at the site of the fight and arrested him on a charge of second-degree assault.

He made his first court appearance Monday. A preliminary hearing is set for Friday.

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