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Libby man survives stabbing, suspect charged with attempted murder

Posted at 10:22 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 20:35:17-05

LIBBY – A 24-year-old Yakima, Washington man has been charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of a Libby man.

Lincoln County authorities say that on Sunday afternoon Doug Crum of Libby was walking on the Kootenai River Road Trail when he says he was attacked from behind and was stabbed multiple times.

Crum was able to fight off the attacker, identified as Michael Borchardt Robertson, by using bear spray.

He suffered over 10 stab wounds, including one that punctured a lung, all of which had the potential to cause death. Both of Crum’s lungs collapsed.

Roberston was charged on Tuesday with one count of attempt of deliberate homicide.

In court documents, Crum told authorities he saw his attacker at the trailhead digging in a green duffle bag.

According to court documents, the responding deputy found Crum’s ripped orange vest, a used can of pepper spray and wearing clothes stained with what appeared to be blood.

While deputies approached the scene, Robertson walked out of the woods within 20 feet of the vest, knife and can.  Deputies also reported Robertson’s clothing had stains consistent in appearance with being blood.

Robertson told authorities he was stranded in Lincoln County after his vehicle ran out of fuel.  He said he was eating blueberries and had stayed the night out in the woods.

Robertson remains behind bars in the Lincoln County jail on $500,000 bond.

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