Man arrested in Manton monastery stabbing

Author: Julie Zeeb
Date Published: 10/31/2018

MANTON — A 47-year-old Citrus Heights man was arrested early Wednesday in connection with a stabbing that took place about 2:30 a.m. at the Monastery of St. John in Manton.

The victim, identified as Vasili Romanzov, was stabbed twice with a kitchen knife while inside his bathroom, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Tehama County Sheriff’s Department. Romanzov was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Deputies were sent at 2:21 a.m. Wednesday to the monastery, on Ponderosa Way, for a report of a disturbance involving an intoxicated guest, later identified as Michail Pijenko, the release said. A second call while the deputies were en route reported Pijenko was armed with a knife. A third call was received at 2:49 a.m. from Romanzov, a resident of the monastery, who reported he had been stabbed.

Following the attack, Romanzov fled to a neighbor’s residence, the release said. He told deputies Pijenko was a visitor and the attack was unprovoked.

Upon arrival, deputies took Pijenko into custody and arrested him without incident. The release said Pijenko had a kitchen knife next to him when deputies found him.

Pijenko was charged with attempted murder and booked into Tehama County Jail, with bail set at $500,000.