UPDATE: Judge Rules Man Charged in Samurai Sword Stabbing Will Head to Trial

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UPDATE: Fri 1:22 PM, May 30, 2014

According to online court records, a Stevens Point accused of breaking into a home and stabbing the owner multiple times with a Samurai sword is heading to trial.

Joshua Bella appeared in Portage County Court this morning. He's scheduled to enter a plea to charges of 1st degree intentional homicide, 1st degree recklessly endangering safety, armed burglary and carrying a concealed weapon on June 23rd.

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UPDATE: Mon 2:09 PM, May 19, 2014

A Stevens Point man has now been charged with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide, 1st degree recklessly endangering safety, armed burglary, and carrying a concealed weapon.

The Stevens Point Police Department said on May 1, Joshua Bella, 30, broke into a home and stabbed the owner multiple times with a Samurai sword.

Police say EMS crews responded to the home located at the corner of Division Street and McColloch Street just before 2 a.m. that morning for a reported burglary in progress and a stabbing victim.

Investigators say police found the suspect upstairs. Sgt. Tony Babl said the suspect was pinned down, by the alleged victim and one of his roommates.

NewsChannel 7 spoked to the alleged victim, John Richart after the incident. Richart said he is recovering well and was only in the hospital for 12 hours.

Richart said he owns the Oxford House in Stevens Point.

He believes he may have been attacked because the suspect had been kicked out of the Oxford House a year prior.

Joshua Bella remains behind bars on a $250,000 cash bond.

He'll return to court on May 30 to find out if his case will head to trial.

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UPDATE: Tues 10:20 PM, May 6, 2014

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. The man that was stabbed was taken to St. Michael's 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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A 30-year-old Stevens Point man is facing criminal charges after he's accused of breaking into a home and stabbing the owner.

According to a press release from the Stevens Point Police Department, officers from the Police Department were dispatched to a home on the 2100 block of Division Street for a reported burglary in progress. Officers were also told that a person had been stabbed.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

Officers arrived on scene and were directed to an upstairs apartment where both the victim, a 48-year-old man, and the suspect were located. The victim and other roommates were holding the suspect to the floor until officers arrived and arrested him

Police say the suspect, Joshua Bella, 30, was in possession of a sword and knife when he entered the home without permission.

Bella remains in custody in the Portage County jail on $250,000 cash bond.

Both the suspect and victim were transported to St. Michael's Hospital for injuries sustained in the incident.

Bella was treated and released with minor injuries. He is being held in the Portage County Jail on a probation violation. Charges of Armed Burglary and Aggravated Assault are being forwarded to the District Attorney's Office.

Victim was treated for three puncture wounds at St. Michael's Hospital and later released.

This was not a random incident; the victim and the suspect knew each other.


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