by: Kevin McCarty Updated:
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.
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.