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Man arrested after allegedly stabbing a resident at the Monastery of St. John in Manton

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Michail Pijenko, 47, has been arrested for attempted murder after authorities say he stabbed a resident at the Monastery of St. John twice early Wednesday morning.

According to the Tehama County Sheriff's Office, they received a call around 2:21 a.m. reporting a disturbance involving an intoxicated guest at the Monastery of St. John.

As deputies were responding, the dispatch center received another call reporting that the intoxicated guest had armed himself with a knife.

At approximately 2:49 a.m., dispatch received a third call from a neighbor of the monastery reporting that Vasili Romanzov, a resident at the monastery, had been stabbed.

Deputies arrived on scene and took the intoxicated man, identified as Pijenko, into custody without incident. Deputies said they found a kitchen knife next to Pijenko.

Romanzov told deputies he was stabbed twice with a kitchen knife inside his bathroom. He added Pijenko was a visitor at the monastery and the attack was unprovoked.

After the attack, Romanzov said he ran to a neighbors home. He was later transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Pijenko was booked into the Tehama County Jail for attempted murder and is being held on a $500,000 bail.

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