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Father says he tried to warn authorities about son

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The father of a man accused in a stabbing attack in University City says he tried to warn authorities about his son. 

Odie James Miller Junior was arrested after SWAT officers surrounded his Rolando home.

"What I want people to know is that my son has mental illness," father Odie Miller Sr., said.

The father of 20-year-old Odie Miller Junior -- arrested Thursday for allegedly stabbing a man several times in an unprovoked attack leading to an overnight standoff in Rolando -- says that he attempted to warn authorities about the potential danger his son posed. 

"He tried to attack me in September - I pressed charges in hopes that it would get him help,” father Odie Miller Senior said. 

Odie Miller Junior was diagnosed eight years ago with a form of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression but managed to cope well with medication.

His father says he was bright, talented, creative and personable.

"That's on his medication - without his medication - his life becomes unmanageable."

Which is what happened after Odie Miller Junior turned 18 and his parents were no longer legally able to monitor his medication and treatment.

"I was no longer able to care for him, manage his meds, see his doctors or any of that."

Odie Miller Junior had been in a year-long voluntary treatment program, as part of his probation for attacking his father but was kicked out on Monday, seven months early.

Two days later, the young man allegedly stabbed his 44-year-old victim in the head, neck and torso in the UTC-area -- an attack he is expected to survive.

"And I am thankful for that - I am so sorry for that - at the same time I am angry that this happened. And I think the victim should be angry also because I brought this to the court's attention and nobody did anything about it."

Odie Miller Junior is being held without bail. He will be arraigned Monday.

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