Woman arrested after fellow customer stabbed at Taco Bell
Two people are in custody after a conflict between customers became violent at the Sandy Taco Bell on Tuesday night.
After responding to a reported stabbing at the Highway 26 eatery near Kate Schmitz Avenue around 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, Sandy police apprehended Caley Sierra Mason, 21, and Phillip Michael Thomas, 31, both of Maryland, near Highway 212 and 130th Avenue in Clackamas County.
The victim of the apparent stabbing, who remains unnamed, was transported to a Portland hospital with reportedly non-life threatening injuries. According to a release sent out by Sandy Police at 11:25 a.m. July 10, "The victim's injury required extensive stitching and he was released from the hospital around midnight. The victim is recovering well and in good spirits."
Sandy Police Chief Ernie Roberts told The Post that the incident allegedly started over a complaint about waiting. Mason was waiting on an order when she allegedly grew impatient and reportedly began cursing at the staff.
Other customers, one man and one woman, asked her to not curse and commented that she was being rude to the people working behind the counter. She then exited the establishment, removed a blond wig she'd been wearing, returned with a knife and stabbed the man who'd talked to her in the neck, Roberts said. She and Thomas, her accomplice, then fled.
The victim and Mason are reported to not have known each other.
Police arrested Mason on accusations of second-degree assault, reckless driving and menacing, and Thomas was arrested on accusations of tampering with physical evidence for allegedly hiding Mason's blond wig on his person. Both are being held at Clackamas County Jail, Mason on $255,000 bail and Thomas on $2,500 bail.
Sandy Police officers and detectives, and investigators from the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team were involved in investigating the incident.