Man accused of stabbing mother, stepfather in Mesa


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 10:29 AM

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MESA, Ariz. – A man is accused of stabbing his mother and stepfather at their home near University Drive and Lindsay Road in Mesa Friday morning.

Neighbors told 3TV reporter Mike Watkiss that the man has a long history of mental illness and doesn't take his medication like he's supposed to, but police have not confirmed that.

"When our first officer arrived he could see that the door had been what looked like kicked open to this home," said Steve Berry of the Mesa Police Dept. "Starts to make entry and realizes that there's two injured people inside."

The young man reportedly lives in a van down the street from his middle-aged mother and stepfather.

For some unknown reason, he went to their home, pulled out a knife and stabbed them, according to Mesa police. The first officer on scene noticed signs of forced entry.

They brought the mother out and she was holding her throat...they brought her into the ambulance. She had blood all over her from head to toe," said Carol, a neighbor who did not give her last name. "And then they brought the husband out and he was bandaged across his abdomen and he was all bloody on his face also."

The son reportedly fled through the back door of the home but was taken into custody by police.

His mother and stepfather were taken to a hospital.

"They're stable right now," said their niece, Blayke Perry. "We're just a little distraught."

Police have not released the names of the victims or suspect.