Man charged with attempted murder for what police say was unprovoked stabbing attack

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — A Port Angeles man has been charged with attempted murder after an alleged stabbing attack Sunday morning in Port Townsend.

The Peninsula Daily News reports 22-year-old Matthew Robert Malone appeared in Jefferson County Superior Court Monday.

Authorities say Malone attacked 57-year-old David Arbuckle near Memorial Field in an unprovoked manner, "ostensibly at the direction of demons/spirits/angels who told him what to do."

Arbuckle was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with stab wounds on his back, shoulders and head. Port Townsend Police Department spokesperson Keppie Keplinger says Arbuckle was in stable condition Monday.

Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Julie St. Marie said the state will file a motion for a competency evaluation.

Judge Keith Harper set bail at $500,000.