Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
A Taco Bell customer in Sandy received a seven-year prison sentence for slashing the throat of a stranger who objected to her invective-laced rant about the restaurant’s service – all of which transpired as her two young children and boyfriend waited in their car, authorities said.
Caley Mason, 22, of Maryland pleaded guilty in Clackamas County last month to second-degree assault in the brutal knife attack that left Jason Luczkow, 48, with an 8-inch gash from ear to Adam’s apple.
The beef began after Luczkow, a Sandy resident, said he asked her to stop berating the Taco Bell employees.
“She missed my jugular, missed my carotid artery by millimeters,” he told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Thursday. “It’s gruesome. It looks like I’m dead.”
Luzckow said his wound required more than 100 stitches. He recently grew facial hair to mask the scar, he said.
“I don’t particularly like having a beard,” he said. “But I didn’t like looking at myself either.”
Luczkow said he and his wife had gone to the fast-food chain on U.S. 26 the night of July 9 to pick up a few Taco Supremes and a Mexican pizza.
Mason, attired in a blond wig, was already making a scene when they arrived, according to Luczkow and the Sandy Police Department. She continued to fume over how long it took to get her food.
“Apparently, the management had already told her to leave,” Luczkow said. “As she continued to rant and rave, I told her to be quiet. Told her to zip it.”
After exchanging a few words, Mason stormed out of the restaurant, police said. She returned a few minutes later with a knife and slashed the man who had told her to pipe down, Det. Sam Craven told The Oregonian/OregonLive.
Blood began to pour out of Luzckow’s neck.
“My wife thought I was playing a practical joke with the hot sauce packets,” he said. “Needless to say, I didn’t get my order that night.”
Luzckow said Mason sped off in a silver Kia Soul that almost ran over his wife, who had pursued the knife-wielding woman.
Cops pulled over the car a short time later, police said. Inside were Mason, her boyfriend Phillip Thomas and Mason’s two young children, ages 2 and 4, said Clackamas County prosecutor Matt Semritc.
The suspect’s blond wig was no longer on top of her head.
“We found it in the boyfriend’s pants,” said Craven, the Sandy police detective.
Police arrested Mason, and she was later indicted on multiple criminal counts, including attempted murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon, records show.
Thomas was also arrested and booked on charges of tampering with physical evidence. His case was later dismissed, records show.
Mason’s children eventually traveled back home to Maryland with a relative, authorities said.
According to prosecutors, Mason was on state supervision for an armed robbery conviction in Maryland after sticking up a pizza deliveryman at her home. She will likely face more prison back east when she’s completed her sentence in Oregon.
“In the meantime,” Luczkow said, “I guess she gets to enjoy the scenery here for a few years.”
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