Tacoma man charged with attacking stepfather with knife

Staff writerApril 7, 2014 

A Tacoma man with mental health issues allegedly attacked his stepfather with a knife Sunday after hearing voices telling him to kill his stepfather.

The 52-year-old victim suffered multiple lacerations to the face, neck and ear and required stitches.

Pierce County prosecutors on Monday charged Timothy Moore, 29, with second-degree attempted murder and fourth-degree assault.

Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him held without bail, and ordered an evaluation and hearing to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial.

Moore’s parents recently allowed him to move into their apartment in the 1700 block of South 84th Street. Officers had been called to their home in the past for disturbances with the man, but he had never exhibited violence, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

On Sunday night, the stepfather was sitting on the couch when Moore allegedly attacked him with a kitchen knife. The scuffle woke up Moore’s mother, who saw them struggling and tried to intervene, but her son grabbed her by the hair before fleeing the home.

Moore’s stepfather told police nothing led up to the stabbing.

Moore “told police that the voices from the TV and alarm clock told him to kill his dad because he was a bad man,” according to charging papers.

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