UPDATE: Stabbing suspect says voices told him to kill his girlfriend
Update: Sept. 18, 2015 at 7:34 p.m.
New details have emerged in the case against 22-year-old Jason Eaton, who was arrested Thursday afternoon for stabbing his girlfriend in the head.
When police responded to the victim’s 911 call, she was found sitting in a chair, bleeding from a wound on her head, which she says occurred when Eaton stabbed her as she slept. She was transported to Providence Alaska Medical Center, where she was later interviewed by police.
During her interview, the victim revealed Eaton was recently discharged from Alaska Psychiatric Institute, according to the police statement. She said Eaton was schizophrenic and had not been taking his medication.
Eaton told police he had been hearing voices and “it sounded like someone was being killed,” court records show. When asked by police if he could still hear the voices, he said they were still screaming. He told police he had not slept in two days and that the voices “told him to kill his girlfriend.”
Evidence collected at the couple’s apartment on Wright Street included a marijuana pipe with “what appeared to be burnt bark” and a bag containing similar material. Eaton told police he had smoked methamphetamine two days prior to the incident and marijuana earlier that day, which he said he believed was laced, according to court documents.
Eaton was arraigned Friday on a single count of first-degree assault.
The Anchorage Police Department arrested 22-year-old Jason Eaton Thursday afternoon after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend.
The victim called police to Eaton’s apartment on the 4100 block of Wright Street at 1:15 p.m.
Investigation revealed the two had been in a verbal argument because the victim wanted “to take a nap instead of running an errand” with Eaton, according to a statement from police.
The victim laid down and was awoken roughly 10 minutes later “after being stabbed in the head,” police wrote.
Medical personnel transported the victim to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Eaton was taken into custody without incident, according to police. He faces a felony first-degree assault charge and is being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex under a $17,000 bail.
Drug use is considered a factor in the investigation, according to APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad. She says Eaton could face additional drug charges if the district attorney chooses to pursue them.
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