CHANDLER, Ariz. – Police have released additional details on a stabbing that took place in Chandler earlier this week. The story has attracted national attention as the “vampire stabbing” after suspects told police they practice vampireism and paganism and said they were trying to suck the victim’s blood.
Police say the victim, 25-year-old Robert Maley, was stabbed after refusing to let his roommates suck his blood.
Maley was reportedly staying with two friends, 24-year-old Aaron Homer and 21-year-old Amanda Williamson, at an apartment complex in Chandler. Maley told police that he had allowed the couple to suck his blood on previous occasions, but he wasn’t interested on Monday, which led to the stabbing.
Sgt. Joe Favazzo of the Chandler Police Department said, “these people…practice paganism and vampireism and follow the vampire cult.” Homer reportedly told officers that he became enraged and stabbed Maley because he felt Maley was making fun of his religion.
The recent rise in popularity of vampires in pop-culture has some officials worried that this sort of behavior could become trendy. Sgt. Favazzo says, “We have young people that are very impressionable that are following…this vampire culture…and they’re going to get infections, it’s dangerous.
Firefighters treating someone next door heard a loud bang.
“They see a man running with blood coming out of his arm,” said Chandler Police Det. Dave Ramer.
When police arrived, Williamson and Homer were in the apartment, which was covered in blood. There was also “a trail of blood leaving the apartment,” the police report says.
The two gave conflicting stories. Williamson said she stabbed Maley in self-defense because he attacked her. Homer told various versions of what took place, but police said they did not make sense and believed he was lying.
Williamson was arrested on charges of false reporting, Homer was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, and Maley was arrested on his probation violation warrant, police said. He was also treated for the wound, which required several stitches.