Jose Murillo faces attempted murder
Jose Murillo faces attempted murder and assault charges handout

A man is accused of stabbing his friend 10 times after the pair allegedly broke into a Buddhist temple and took methamphetamine. Jose Murillo, 25, started acting erratically and attacked his friend, Cynthia Veazey, in the Buddhist Temple of Oregon near Salem on Friday night, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Miller then dragged 26-year-old Veazey outside, where she managed to escape. She was found by Buddhist monks hiding in bushes outside the temple seriously injured, Oregonlive reported. She was taken to hospital in a serious condition. Murillo has been charged with murder and first degree assault.

Police said in a statement that Murillo and Veazey met on Craigslist six months ago, and became friends. On Friday, the pair met at the Buddhist Temple in a rural area south of Salem, which they entered through an open door and took methamphetamine.

Just after midnight, Murillo started hearing voices, got upset and threatened to stab Veazey if she didn't help him find the source of the voices, police said. Veazey tried to calm him and reassure him that there was no-one else in the temple, but he stabbed her 10 times, according to the statement.

Murillo left the temple and walked to nearby Interstate 5, according to police. He told people that he was being chased, and was taken to hospital for treatment for a cut to his hand.

The monks reported the break in at 5.30am, and rang back at 7am to report finding the injured woman. Doctors at the hospital realised the incidents were connected, and Murillo was arrested before being discharged.