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Man Facing Charges After Allegedly Breaking in and Stabbing a Man with a Samurai Sword


A Stevens Point man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly broke into a home and stab the owner multiple times with a Samurai sword.

Joshua Bella, 30 appeared in Portage County Court Monday. The judge set his cash bond at $250,000. He is facing charges of burglary, aggravated battery, intending bodily harm, and attempted first degree intentional homicide and reckless injury.

Sargent Tony Babl with the Stevens Point Police Department said they along with the Portage County Ambulance Service were called to a home on the corner of Division Street and Mc Colloch Street at 1:44 in the morning for a reported burglary in progress and told someone had been stabbed. Upon arrival, Babl said police found the suspect upstairs and pinned down by the alleged stabbing victim, John Richart, and one of his roommates. Bella was taken into custody and the the man that was stabbed was taken to St. Michaels Hospital.

Richart told NewsChannel 7 that he knows Bella.

"It was a situation where somebody who had been formally at a Oxford house that I own here in town was kicked out a year ago," he said. "They (he) chose to harbor some ill feelings about it."

Richart said Bella broke in through the back door of his home and went upstairs into his room.

"He started with saying something about there was a problem at the Oxford house and that I needed to come right away, but it was pitch black in there so I was on the other side of the bed and didn't really see what was going on. I couldn't even see him," he said. "I thought it was a table leg or a baseball bat or something like that hitting the bed until I slid out and realized that I was being attacked."

He said he was stabbed three times in the chest and hit multiple times more. The Portage County District Attorney, Louis Molepeske, said the hospital staff said the stab barley missed puncturing his lung. Richart said he was able to stop Bella and disarm him of his sword and knife before yelling for his roommates to come and help him.

"Once I realized I was being attacked, I just pushed him up against the back wall and was able to subdue him, get him down on the ground and kind of put my weight on him until other people were able to come and assist," he said.

Richart said Bella was only a tenant for four months. He evicted him because of his alcohol and drug issues and added he believes Bella was under the influence of something at the time of the alleged attack.

"The scariest part was being attacked in the middle of the night and in the dark by somebody, you didn’t know who’s attacking you at the time," he said. "At this point, we’ve prayed for forgiveness for him and hope that he gets treatment for drug and alcohol, whatever problems he currently is having."

Richart is recovering well and was only in the hospital for 12 hours.

Bella is due back in court May 19.


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