Jan 23, 2013 10:56 AM by Melissa Anderson (melissa@kxlh.com)

Transient charged in Helena stabbing

HELENA - Michael Anthony Bradford, a transient staying at God's Love Shelter, has been charged with stabbing another man in the back on Sunday.

The 52-year old victim was transported to St. Peter's Hospital where he was treated for the stab wounds and then released.

In Justice Court on Tuesday, Bradford, 20 years old, was charged with attempted deliberate homicide and jailed on a $25,000 bond.

The incident occurred around 7 o'clock Sunday night, when the two men apparently had words outside the building.

Helena Police Chief Troy McGee said, "Officers responded and located the victim outside at The Man Store. He had been stabbed in the back and the upper part of the back. And from what he said he was walking down in that area, 500 Last Chance Gulch, and a male came up behind him and said something about he was a 'gang banger,' and then he felt something hit his back and he took off running and he discovered a little while later
that he had suffered a wound in the back."

According to the God's Love co-director, the victim was also a God's Love client, but had been placed on limited services at the homeless shelter due to previous encounters with other residents.