Update: The stabber has named by Havre officials. He is Justice Brown, 17, of Havre. Brown hails from the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation. He is charged with three counts of attempted homicide and one count of aggravated burglary.
Three Montana State Northern students were stabbed multiple times during a home invasion in the early-morning hours Saturday. One of the victims was a 2014 Belgrade High School graduate.
Taylor Woolman, a Belgrade High graduate who now plays middle hitter for the MSU-Northern Skylights volleyball team, was critically injured during the assault that happened around 4 a.m. Saturday morning in Havre.
According to Havre Police Chief Gabe Matosich, at 4:30 a.m., a woman in an 11th Street West apartment called to report that her neighbor came to her house, stabbed and bloody, asking her to call the police.
When Havre Police arrived on scene they found the woman, barely conscious, and two other unconscious people who had been “severely stabbed,” Matosich said. The two female victim’s ages are 19 and 20. The male victim is 19-years-old. The three victims are roommates. Like Woolman, the other victim’s are students at MSU-Northern, Matosich said.
“They were all stabbed multiple times,” Matosich said. “It was a large, bloody scene.”
Woolman and one other victim were flown to the Benefis Hospital in Great Falls. Woolman was later airlifted to a Billings Hospital where she remains in critical condition.
The victim who ran to her neighbor’s house to call the police was able to offer a description of the attacker.
A short time later, Havre Police received the report of a domestic disturbance a few blocks from the crime scene. When police arrived, they found a 17-year-old matching the description of the attacker from the 11th Street residence. The young man was covered in blood, Matosich said.
The 17-year-old was taken into custody and charged with three counts of attempted deliberate homicide and one count of aggravated burglary. The suspect was transferred to the Cascade County Juvenile Detention Center. His name has not been released. Matosich said he is in talks with the Hill County Attorney about releasing the name.
Matosich said the 17-year-old has one prior felony on his record. The police chief said he is working to find out the details of the felony charge. Matosich said this is the most brutal stabbing he’s seen in his 21 years with the Havre Police Department.
The victims didn’t have any known connection to their attacker. The young man gained entry into their home from a window in the back of the apartment, Matosich said. It didn’t appear that the suspect took anything from the residence when he broke in.
“It’s just a terrible, terrible situation,” Matosich said. “What would possess you to do that?”
After an impressive volleyball career at Belgrade High School, Woolman decided in Oct. 2013, to sign with Montana State University Northern in Havre. At the time, Woolman said she had a fantastic campus visit and looked forward to living in the area where her mother grew up.
“I have family up there. I’ve got family that lives 12 miles away in Chinook,” she said in an interview. “That’s where my mom grew up. Kinda going to be a second home. My family up there is really excited.”
During her time at Belgrade High School, Woolman notched both athletic and academic accolades.
Woolman swung from the JV to varsity as a freshman in volleyball. She was a full-time varsity player by the time her sophomore year rolled around. She earned second team all-conference honors in 2011 and was an All-State and first team all-conference selection in 2012. In 2013, she earned All-State volleyball honors. She was also a member of the Belgrade High School National Honor Society.
An online fund has been set up to help with Woolman’s medical expenses. The GoFundMe site is http://www.gofundme.com/tmpces.