UPDATE: Dad grateful for support after 17 stab wounds
A 65-year-old father is "stunned and surprised" by the outpouring of support after police say he was stabbed 17 times by a man setting up camp in Portland on May 27.
"He wants to thank everybody for their support and generosity," said Shawna Lebechuck, relaying a message from her father, Kasey.
"He said he's stunned and surprised at the positive response and he's glad that people are interested in making the same changes and wanting to make the neighborhood safe again," Shawna Lebechuck told the Tribune.
Kasey Lebechuck was stabbed 17 times — suffering a punctured lung, a cut that went through his cheek and chipped a tooth, another cut between the eyes and other wounds to his neck, arms and torso, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Police say Todd William Schneider was apparently preparing to camp in a state-owned field near Northeast Siskiyou Street and 122nd Avenue when he was approached by Kasey, a construction crane operator who lives nearby.
"My dad said he was not aggressive. He was not disrespectful. He simply approached the man in the most non-confrontational way that he could (and said) 'I don't know if you know this or not, but it is against city ordinance to camp here," Shawna Lebechuck, 30, said.
That's when Schneider, a 25-year-old who had his belongings strapped to a hand-truck, allegedly reached into a black duffel bag and pulled out a "fixed blade" knife and charged at Lebechuck.
An officer who responded to the scene found Lebechuck "covered in blood from head to toe," according to court docs.
Jail records show Schneider was originally booked for first-degree assault, though court records indicate prosecutors are now pursuing additional charges for attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon. A spokesman for the Multnomah County District Attorney's office didn't respond to emailed questions regarding the new charges.
Schneider has refused the service of a court-appointed attorney, stating that the lawyer is trying to kill him, according to Shawna Lebechuck and media reports.
Shawna says most of her neighbors know her dad as the guy lavishing attention on his Pickle Fork speed boat. He also likes watching football and spending time with the grandkids.
"Unfortunately, the Portland area has become very welcoming of this type of lifestyle. While everyone might fall on hard times, it has created a very unsafe city for many people," Shawna said while preparing for a private meeting with Mayor Ted Wheeler.
As for Schneider, he remained tight-lipped during the booking process, declining to discuss with jailers whether he has any family in the area, records show. He claims no use of drugs or alcohol and has no prior convictions.
The DMV lists his address as a single-family home on Northeast 138th Place.
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Here's a link to the Lebechuck's go fund me.