CORVALLIS, Ore. (KOIN/AP) — Authorities say multiple people were injured when they were stabbed by a man who entered a home near Oregon State University.
Corvallis police Lt. Daniel Duncan says 22-year-old Benjamin Bucknell fled the residence Monday morning, but officers found him near the Benton County Senior Center. He was taken to the hospital after his arrest for reasons that have not been disclosed.
Bucknell was in a courtroom days before the attack.
Court records show Bucknell pleaded not guilty last week to charges of burglary and criminal mischief. Prosecutors said he damaged a television and projector screen after breaking into a Corvallis apartment complex in February.
He was conditionally released from custody on last Thursday.
Police say the former Oregon State University student entered a house near campus Monday and wounded five people before fleeing. He was booked into jail on charges of attempted murder, assault, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. Bail was set at $525,000.
The former Oregon State University student entered his not guilty pleas at his arraignment Tuesday afternoon. A judge scheduled a status hearing for next month.
Court records identify the injured as Catherine Lisman, Dan Rinkevich, Jesus Valencia-Camacho, Evan Burns and Nolan Batuso. The most seriously injured patient was flown to a Portland hospital.
Butuso told KOIN 6 News Bucknell attacked him and his roommates, a total of 5 people. He said it all happened when he woke up to a fire in his backyard.
“I heard, ‘fire, fire, fire,'” Butuso recalled. “We realized, wait, who started it? What was going… and then in that confusion we heard a scream.”
He said he then ran upstairs to help a roommate who was fighting off an intruder.
“She was struggling with someone or something in the room and it was at that moment the suspect opened the door and struck me in the face,” Butuso said.
He said Bucknell slashed open his cheek.
Another roommate is said to be recovering in the hospital.
OSU student Seth Newman said his curtains were closed at the time, but he could see the background of a man in his window around 5 a.m.
“Cracked open a window and the guy was standing there, pretty nasty looking dude, pretty much in his underwear, covered in blood,” Newman said. “He was arguing with another gentleman outside, making eye contact with me, and then ran across the street to the senior center.”
Newman said Bucknell was “super buff, looked like he worked out a lot.”
KOIN 6 News will have more information as it becomes available.