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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