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Stabbing suspect heads to Western State

A 45-year-old South Kitsap man arrested last week for allegedly stabbing another man and then himself was ordered Wednesday to undergo a mental evaluation before standing trial in Kitsap County Superior Court.

Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Joseph Michael Allen with one count each of first-degree and second-degree assault, both felonies, along with a third charge of fourth-degree assault.

All charges carry a special allegation of domestic violence.

However, Allen’s defense attorney expressed concerns regarding her client’s competency to stand trial during at least two previous court appearances, and said Wednesday his mental status is still a concern.

Judge Sally Olsen agreed, ordering the defendant be transferred to Western State Hospital in Tacoma for evaluation.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged stabbing occurred around 7 p.m. at a residence on the 6000 block of North Street in South Kitsap. The suspect lives behind the house in a camper with his girlfriend, but was inside with several people at the time of the incident.

The suspect’s girlfriend told the responding deputies Allen had been acting “strangely” all day, and when the two got into an argument over her car, she said Allen hit her in the head.

When another female resident of the home told Allen to leave, the second victim said the suspect then “lunged” at her with a knife.

When the second victim’s son, a 24-year-old man, stepped in to protect his mother, he said the suspect stabbed him instead, at least once in his thigh and chest, and called 911.

Witnesses said after Allen fought with the other man, he then stabbed himself in the stomach as well, and ran into nearby Banner Forest.

When deputies responded, they used canine officer Elco to track the suspect, quickly locating him inside the park. His shirt appeared bloody and he told deputies that his stomach hurt, and that he had passed out earlier.

Allen was placed in handcuffs and searched. In his rear pocket deputies found a three-inch folding knife in his rear pocket, and two, two-inch knives in his front pockets.

First transported to Tacoma General Hospital and then Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Allen was eventually booked into Kitsap County Jail under three counts of assault.

Bail was set, and remains, at $500,000.

The other stabbing victim was transported by medic unit to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma.

Editor’s note: The defendant was incorrectly identified as Michael Joseph Allen in a story in Wednesday’s Independent.

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