Man Pleads Not Guilty in Samurai Sword Stabbing

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A Stevens Point man charged with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide, 1st degree recklessly endangering safety, armed burglary, and carrying a concealed weapon has pleaded not guilty.

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 spoke 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 Sept. 8 for a clerical court appearance.

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