The man stabbed to death in a Paso Robles laundromat in March appeared to have had no verbal or physical exchange with his attacker before he was knifed, a search warrant states.
Paso Robles Police Department officials reviewed video surveillance tapes, according to the warrant, that recorded the attack allegedly committed by 28-year-old John Frederick Woody of San Jose at Paso Robles Laundromat on Spring Street.
The footage shows the victim, Martin McWilliams, watching television inside the laundromat in the early evening and the suspect peering through a window for several seconds before entering and stabbing him 22 times in the side, stomach and back, the warrant states.
“The victim attempted to block the strikes, but the suspect easily overpowered him,” the warrant states.
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The warrant states that McWilliams “did not appear to be concerned with the subject’s approach (towards him before the stabbing).”
McWilliams broke free from the stabber, went to the front of the business and tried to flag down passing cars. Showing a bleeding side as cars passed, he collapsed. The suspect went to a white truck and drove off, according to the warrant.
After police put out an alert to other police agencies, Woody was found and arrested in Atascadero on March 7.
Woody told police that he removed his bloody clothes and changed into clean clothes after the incident but couldn’t recall what he did with the blood-spattered apparel.
Woody, who has acknowledged his mental health issues in court, was found mentally incompetent to stand trial and is undergoing treatment at Atascadero State Hospital.
Further proceedings were set for July 19, during which the court will receive an update from hospital staff on his progress, according to the District Attorney’s Office.