Did Transgender Bathroom Laws Lead to Boardman Truck Stop Stabbing?
Last Saturday, a woman suffered non-life threatening wounds at the hands of a teenage male attacker, who stabbed her in the ladies' room at a truck stop near Boardman, OR. Although few details have been released, many are already wondering if the new transgender bathroom laws allowed him easy access?
Oregon State Troopers got a 911 call around 3:45pm last Saturday, at a truck stop just outside of Boardman on I-84. The woman, 51-year-old Sandra Byers, was taken to Good Shepard Hospital in Hermiston and treated and released.
Authorities say in most similar assault cases, the victim knows their attacker, or there has been some sort of prior contact. In this case, there's no initial connection between 17-year-old Talon James Davis of Clarkston and Byers. Records indicate he will turn 18 in June. It appears the attack was at random. Authorities have not found any connection between the victim and her attacker.
Davis' bail has been set at $100,000 after he was booked into the Morrow county Jail. Authorities have not said what he was doing in the women's bathroom. Oregon, like Washington state, does have transgender bathroom laws in place now.
Officials say Davis will be tried as an adult.