The man stood in the middle of his mother’s living room, his blood-soaked hands already in the air when police walked in.
Outside their Tacoma home, his mom’s boyfriend had collapsed with his hands pressed against a three-inch gash in his neck.
It all started Sunday night when the 21-year-old came home and wanted to talk about why he’d been kicked out of the house his mom shared with her boyfriend of seven years.
The men went downstairs to talk.
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At one point, the man’s mother checked on them as she did her laundry and told her son to leave and continue the discussion the next day.
He stabbed his mom’s boyfriend and started up the stairs, the victim told police.
“The defendant then ran after (his mom) with the knife and tackled her in the living room,” according to court documents. The victim “was able to wrestle the defendant off of (his mom) so that she could run out of the house to call 911.”
Police took the man into custody and helped treat the boyfriend’s neck wound until paramedics arrived. He is expected to survive.
Pierce County prosecutors have charged the 21-year-old with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and first-degree burglary.
The man pleaded not guilty Monday and was ordered jailed in lieu of $350,000 bail.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653