Yes, Some Juveniles Were Stabbed, But Maybe It Was A Lawful Stabbing?

by Travis Mateer

According to the Missoulian, two juveniles were stabbed somewhere near this footbridge spanning the Clark Fork river. While no one is in custody, the public is being assured that ALL parties have been talked to about this stabbing. From the link:

A call came in to Missoula 911 at about 12:06 a.m. on Saturday morning reporting self-defense that caused bodily injury. Police were dispatched to the scene and took a report about a juvenile who allegedly stabbed two other minors near the footbridge, according to Missoula Police spokesperson Whitney Bennett.

Bennett said officers identified everyone involved in the call, including possible suspects. She said as of Tuesday, no one was arrested. Clothing was seized at the scene by officers and logged as evidence.

One person was transported to the hospital for injuries.

Bennett also said prior to the stabbing, a call came in about 15 minutes beforehand from an anonymous caller saying people with weapons were trying to fight. The caller abruptly hung up and didn’t answer when dispatch called them back for more context, Bennett said.

When I first read this, I immediately thought of the Ben Mousso case. Who was Ben Mousso? Three years ago he was a drug customer, but the drug deal didn’t go so well, so Ben got stabbed in a bathroom, then died. Did anything happen to the stabber, Josh Paniagua? Nope. But he WAS later arrested after building a “torture chamber” for his mom.

From the link:

19-year-old Florence teen is charged with felony assault for threatening his mother with a hammer before barricading himself away from police in her home.

Joshua Michael Paniagua, who was charged with felony drug possession in January after an incident in which investigators said he stabbed another man who was trying to rob him of his marijuana, was charged in Missoula County Justice Court on Monday with assault with a weapon, a felony which carries a possible 20-year prison sentence.

Paniagua’s mother called 911 around 11 p.m. on Saturday to report her son was “freaking out,” stating he had screwed all of the doors shut and saying his mother was “possessed by the devil,” Missoula County prosecutors said in charging documents. The woman was calling from a neighbor’s house, where she had fled after he “came at her with a hammer,” according to court documents. Paniagua had similar episodes on previous occasions, typically induced by alcohol and drug use, she told authorities.

I covered this lawful stabbing when it happened, so here’s some articles to check out:

BREAKING: Missoula County Attorney’s Office Reviews Drug Dealer’s Right To Stab His Customer To Death (June 30th, 2020)

Pabst Hides Behind Reasonable Person Standard To Explain Not Prosecuting Budding Psychopath Josh Paniagua (July 6th, 2020)

Nine Months Later, Questions Persist Around The Violent Deaths (Murders?) Of Sean Stevenson And Ben Mousso (September 22nd, 2020)

What Is Joshua Paniagua Being Sentenced For? Because He Was Never Charged With Murder Thanks To County Attorney, Kirsten Pabst (December 10th, 2021)

While there’s nothing yet tying these recent stabbings to drugs, the area where this happened has been a big hangout spot for street kids all summer long, so I’m not surprised a stabbing happened here. I’m also curious which detectives have been assigned to this case. I can think of one set of initials that would raise an immediate red flag with me, considering I keep hearing stories about him from nearly everyone I talk to on the streets.

The police officers who will have the most interaction with young people recreating with drugs and peacocking-jumps off the bridge in this part of town are the downtown BID police officers, who generally patrol on bike. Here’s the lucky officers from the PD directory:

I’ve had plenty of interactions with previous BID Officers when I worked at the Poverello Center, so I know how challenging this position can be. One even admitted to me, near the end of his tenure, how the street kids ran down his patience to the degree he was worried he was going to shoot one (he didn’t).

While I do my own biking around town, I’ll be sure to ask about this stabbing, along with other things, like the Joey Thompson case, and the weed-laced Fentanyl allegations.

If you would like to assist my ability to make these inquiries, Travis’ Impact Fund (TIF) is one way to help, while making a donation at my about page is another.

Thanks for reading!

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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8 Responses to Yes, Some Juveniles Were Stabbed, But Maybe It Was A Lawful Stabbing?

  1. Concern Troll says:

    Here’s a hot top: all three juveniles were female and the altercation took place in John O’Toole Park in retaliation for a previous incident the weekend before at the skatepark.

    • If that’s the case, then we must consult our new JEDI principles to see what kind of victim status to ascribe their criminal behavior.

      • Concern Troll says:

        You speak of narrative control; why wasn’t it reported anywhere that the juveniles were all female? It’s an interesting fact to withhold from the public.

  2. Djinn&tonic says:

    I read somewhere that it was mostly girls.

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  4. anon says:

    The stabbing was in self defense. All parties involved were female, it did happen at John O’Toole park. The two who were stabbed started a fight by attacking two other females after making threats to do so. Two friends of the instigators also joined in on attacking the girls. A four on two fight started by girls with criminal records, who were also under the influence. After the stabbing the perpetrator left the scene and called the police. No one died and there is no ongoing threat. The incident was not related to any previous incidents and was purely out of self defense, that is why no one was arrested. There was no crime and there is no reason to be concerned that you will be stabbed by little girls on the trail.

    • I have kids, anon, so don’t presume to know what I find relevant, or threatening. It was also just a harmless girl who shut down schools across the valley with just words.

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