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Police: Fresno rehab patient stole knife from kitchen to attack volunteer counselor

Raymond White, 29, is accused of stabbing a therapist at a southwest Fresno substance abuse rehabilitation facility.
Raymond White, 29, is accused of stabbing a therapist at a southwest Fresno substance abuse rehabilitation facility. Fresno Police Department

Police say Raymond White, the 29-year-old patient who allegedly stabbed a volunteer counselor multiple times Monday at a rehab clinic in southwest Fresno, has a criminal past.

Lt. Joe Gomez said Tuesday that the victim’s condition had been upgraded to stable. The 55-year-old woman, whose name was not given, suffered life-threatening stab wounds to her head, neck, right arm and right side, as well as defensive cuts to her hands. She was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center on Monday afternoon.

Gomez described what investigators had learned about the incident, which happened around 1 p.m. Monday at the Comprehensive Addiction Programs center on Whites Bridge Avenue just east of Marks Avenue.

Gomez said a witness told detectives that he heard the victim screaming for help in her office. The man opened the door and saw White and the counselor standing in her office. White ran out, pushing past the witness.

Both the witness and the victim positively identified White as the attacker. Police found White hiding in some abandoned buildings about a quarter-mile west of the center.

Several other witnesses told police that White was obsessed with the victim. The two apparently knew each other well, Gomez said.

White told detectives he stabbed the victim and intended to kill her. He stole a red, 7-inch knife with a 3-inch blade from the facility’s kitchen and hid it under his bed. He waited until the center’s other counselors and patients were in a group session to attack the victim, Gomez said.

The knife was recovered by crime scene investigators near a trash bin in the rehab facility’s parking lot.

White faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder. He was also booked on parole violations stemming from previous convictions for making terrorist threats, grand theft and assaulting a police officer.

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