CHANDLER, Ariz. – Police have released additional details on a stabbing that took place in Chandler earlier this week. The story has attracted national attention as the "vampire stabbing" after suspects told police they practice vampireism and paganism and said they were trying to suck the victim's blood.
Police say the victim, 25-year-old Robert Maley, was stabbed after refusing to let his roommates suck his blood.
Maley was reportedly staying with two friends, 24-year-old Aaron Homer and 21-year-old Amanda Williamson, at an apartment complex in Chandler. Maley told police that he had allowed the couple to suck his blood on previous occasions, but he wasn't interested on Monday, which led to the stabbing.
Sgt. Joe Favazzo of the Chandler Police Department said, "these people...practice paganism and vampireism and follow the vampire cult." Homer reportedly told officers that he became enraged and stabbed Maley because he felt Maley was making fun of his religion.
Firefighters happened to be at the same apartment complex on an unrelated call when they saw a blood-covered Maley run out of another apartment. The firefighters alerted police.
Chandler police officers who initially responded said there was a lot of blood at the scene and a trail of blood leaving the apartment. Homer and Williamson initially made conflicting statements to police. Williamson first said she had been attacked and stabbed her attacker in self-defense. Both suspects later confessed and confirmed Maley’s claims.
Homer has been charged with aggravated assault and Williamson is charged with false reporting to police. Maley was also arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant.
The recent rise in popularity of vampires in pop-culture has some officials worried that this sort of behavior could become trendy. Sgt. Favazzo says, “We have young people that are very impressionable that are following...this vampire culture...and they're going to get infections, it's dangerous.