A man accused of stabbing several people after breaking into their Corvallis house in May is now facing an attempted murder charge for a 2015 assault at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.
Prosecutors filed the new charges against Benjamin Leland Bucknell on Dec. 20 in Linn County Circuit Court. According to the indictment, Bucknell, on Oct. 14, 2015, intentionally attempted to cause the death of Jacob Emiliano Lopez.
Lopez, who was 22 years old at the time, was taken to Samaritan Albany General Hospital following the attack, said Albany Police Capt. Brad Liles. Police responded to the hospital, where Lopez told them a stranger had assaulted him from behind while he was in a bathroom inside Calapooia Center, Liles said.
Lopez said he was choked, thrown to the ground and lost consciousness, Liles said. Lopez had redness on his neck, lacerations on his face and facial fractures. Liles said Lopez was not able to identify the assailant.
After Bucknell was arrested for the alleged attack in Corvallis, detectives at the Corvallis Police Department contacted police in Albany on June 14 about Bucknell making comments regarding an assault at Linn-Benton Community College, Lilies said. Albany detectives followed up on the lead and eventually took the case to grand jury in December, he said.
Bucknell also faces charges of second-degree assault and strangulation in the case. The indictment states Bucknell caused serious physical injury to Lopez.
According to his court file, Bucknell has retained Albany attorney Elijah Brown to represent him in the case. Bucknell has not yet entered pleas to the charges. His next court hearing in the case is set for Feb. 14.
Bucknell is facing attempted murder charges in Benton County for a May 22 incident. Authorities say the 22-year-old man set fire outside a house at 413 NW 27th St. early in the morning. Bucknell then broke into the house and attacked several of the roommates with a knife, police have said.
In all, five of the roommates sustained injuries. A man and a woman had serious stab wounds to their heads and shoulders, as well as skull fractures, and underwent emergency surgery. Another roommate sustained cuts to his head and injuries to his left eye. One of the roommates needed stitches in his nose and lip. Another roommate sustained a cut to his face during the attack. A sixth roommate was uninjured.
According to police, a passer-by reported seeing the attacker crawl out of the house through a broken window. The witness followed the suspect, who reportedly tried to remove his blood-soaked clothing, as he fled the scene and told another person to call 911. Police arrested Bucknell less than two blocks away.
In that case, Bucknell is charged with five counts of attempted murder, five counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, four counts of unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree burglary, first degree arson, resisting arrest and second-degree criminal mischief. Bucknell has pleaded not guilty to the charges. A trial has not been set in the case. Corvallis attorney Stephen Ensor is representing Bucknell in the matter.
Bucknell is being held in the Benton County Jail on $1 million security.