Suspect stabbed random man to get mental health treatment

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

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BREMERTON, Wash. - A man who was refused help when he asked police to take him to a mental health facility turned violent, stabbing a stranger in the back in a Bremerton convenience store, police said. 

Police said Kip Green, 23, was arrested after he walked up to a man at a downtown 7-Eleven store and stabbed him.

According to police, hours before the assault, Green called them from Harrison Hospital asking to be taken to a mental health facility.  “He asked officers to take him to prison or Western State Hospital, that he didn’t feel safe on the streets,” said Bremerton Police Lieutenant Pete Fisher.
 

Fisher said officers told Green they couldn’t help him because the medical staff at Harrison said he didn’t qualify for commitment at a mental health facility. “Prior to the stabbing there wasn’t enough to show he was a danger to himself or others,” said Fisher. 

Green appeared in Kitsap County Superior Court Thursday and was ordered held on $500,000 bail. 

The man Green is accused of stabbing suffered minor injuries and was treated and released.