PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- According to newly released court documents, the man accused of attacking and cutting his girlfriend at their north Phoenix apartment Friday morning believed people were watching him.
Phoenix police officers responded to an apartment near 23rd Avenue and Rose Garden Lane, just east of Interstate 17, around 10 a.m for reports of a woman screaming for help. Police paperwork states responding officers found the woman had been seriously cut along the right side of her chest and right side of her neck and was bleeding profusely. Officers were told the woman's boyfriend, 43-year-old Shawn Menoche, was still barricaded inside their apartment. After some time, Menoche came out and collapsed by the front door. Authorities saw that Menoche had cut himself multiple times across his arms. Menoche still reportedly resisted arrest and had to be stunned before being taken into custody and taken to a hospital for his injuries.
The woman was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and underwent emergency surgery. After surgery, the woman spoke with detectives and explained what had happened. She said Menoche had been acting weird and she caught him doing drugs the night before. When she woke up Friday morning, she said Menoche was standing at the end of their bed with a box cutter to his neck. She told authorities that as she was calming Menoche down, he asked her to check the air vents "because he believed someone was hiding there."
The woman unscrewed the air vent in the hallway and had Menoche look inside. The woman said she thought she convinced Menoche to hand over the box cutter he was holding, but he suddenly "had a blank look on his face and pushed (the woman) onto a bed." As the woman tried to defend herself against Menoche, he cut her several times and made claims that the woman was cheating on him. After he noticed she was bleeding, Menoche stopped and laid down on the floor, according to court documents. The woman then ran out of the apartment, trying to find help.
The owner of the apartment rushed home after hearing what had happened and also told officers Menoche had been acting weird that morning. He said before he left for work, Menoche had made statements, "there are people looking at him, and they are hiding under the cars." The apartment owner told Menoche to relax and go for a walk, and then he left for work.
Menoche was released from the hospital after recovering from his injuries and booked into the Maricopa County Jail. Menoche faces recommended charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault causing serious injuries, and resisting arrest. A mug shot of Menoche was unavailable when requested by Arizona's Family.