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Judge denies bond for man accused of stabbing police chief with ice pick

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By Ray Rivera | September 8, 2020 at 7:55 PM EDT - Updated September 9 at 8:14 AM

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - A judge denied bond Tuesday night for the Bonneau man accused of stabbing the town’s police chief in the face with an ice pick.

Forrest Bowman faces charges including attempted murder for an assault that left Bonneau Police Chief Franco Fuda with an injury under his left eye.

The stabbing happened Monday morning on West Church Street off Highway 52, and ended with the SWAT team arresting Bowman, who was naked and screaming, at his trailer.

Berkeley County investigators said after stabbing Fuda under his left eye, Bowman ran to his mobile home and refused to come out. According to Fuda, Bowman told him that he was “going to die today.”

The SWAT team ordered Bowman to surrender several times.

Deputies also sent a robot into the suspect’s trailer to get a look inside the home to determine where Bowman might have been hiding. A short time later, they made entry into the home and brought him out. Authorities said Bowman was found hiding between a mattress and a wall.

Investigators said Bowman was recently arrested after allegedly threatening the pastor of a nearby church and police officer. He was recently released on bond.

Initial reports described the weapon used in the attack as a screwdriver.

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