CHANDLER, Ariz. – Police have released additional details on a stabbing that took place in Chandler on Oct. 4. The story has attracted national attention as the "vampire stabbing" after suspects told police they practice vampirism and paganism and said they were trying to suck the victim's blood.
Police said the victim, Robert Maley, 25, was stabbed after refusing to let his roommates suck his blood.
Maley was reportedly staying with two friends, Aaron Homer, 24, and Amanda Williamson, 21, 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 this time, which led to the stabbing.
"These people ... practice paganism and vampirism and follow the vampire cult," said Sgt. Joe Favazzo of the Chandler Police Department.
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.
“We have young people that are very impressionable that are following this pop culture, they're following this vampire culture, they're going to get infections, it's dangerous," Favazzo said.