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Portland: Trans Woman Arrested in Violent Stabbing Death of Cab Driver

UPDATE: Portland: Trans Woman Arrested in Violent Stabbing Death of Cab Driver

A transgender woman has been arrested and charged with the violent stabbing death of a cab driver in Portland, Oregon over the weekend.

 Local reports say the fare for the short drive was only about $8, but ended up costing the man his life when his rider suddenly stabbed him in the neck with a knife, seemingly for no reason at all.

The trans woman who has only been identified only by her birth name Moses Jacob Lopez was found standing outside the car covered in blood she was quickly arrested and has since been charged with second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

A spokesman for the cab company said footage from the car’s onboard camera proved the attack was “Vicious, senseless and brutal, adding, “There was no conversation. No altercation. Nothing.”

 Lopez, has a well-documented history of making violent threats, having once posted to social media in 2015 that then he wished he were a woman so he could assault other women without facing the same consequences

Just before the Hillsboro arrest, Lopez had been charged with two felony counts of unlawful use of weapon and two counts of menacing. She missed her court hearing on April 6, and a warrant was issued for her arrest — three days before she allegedly murdered the cab driver

UPDATE – 04/19/2023: On Wednesday evening, police named the deceased victim as 43-year-old Reese McDowell Lawhon. A spokesman for Radio Cab told local media their driver had recently found his biological parents and was hoping to meet them for the first time. 

At Lopez’s arraignment on Monday, she pleaded not guilty to both charges. She wore her hair in a bun and still had eye makeup visible. 

Lopez worked as a certified nursing assistant for around a decade but Oregon state nursing records show she was fired from an unnamed medical facility in June 2021.

“Information gathered in the [Oregon State Board of Nursing]’s investigation show that from 2019 through 2021, CNA engaged in abusive and threatening behavior towards co-workers,” reads the probation order from February 2022.

While police have not released any information about a possible motive, the Easter Sunday stabbing murder happened in the context of a surge of trans activists encouraging violence and making threats on social media as revenge

See: Trans Day of Violence.

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