Shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, police were dispatched to the home of William Edwards, 411 Independence Ave., Mount Carmel, after neighbors called 911 to report Edwards was being chased around his yard by an assailant with a foot-long knife.
According to witnesses the suspect, Allen Stanley McDavid, 36, 601 Holston St., Kingsport, stopped his attack when police sirens became audible and threw the Samurai knife about 50 feet.
Mount Carmel Police Department Officer Stacy Vaughan said Monday that the knife actually struck the vehicle of a woman who had given McDavid a ride to the residence, causing damage.
Officer Tony Allen with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office was the first to arrive on the scene, and by the time Vaughan arrived the two men had been separated.
Vaughan said McDavid and his wife have been separated for several weeks, and the woman had been working on a flooring installation job with Edwards in Knoxville prior to the incident. Edwards and McDavid have also apparently been friends in the past, Vaughan added.
McDavid allegedly knocked on the door, and when Edwards answered McDavid forced his way into the residence. Vaughan said witnesses told him McDavid then began cursing at Edwards, stating he was upset that his wife was with Edwards.
“Edwards stated that McDavid then pulled a knife from behind his back and came at him in an attempt to cut or stab him,” Vaughan stated in the arrest warrant. “(Mrs. McDavid) stated that at that time Allen came after her and put his hands around her throat and attempted to choke her. (She) was able to pull away, and Edwards ran out the back door.”
McDavid then allegedly chased Edwards out the back door, and according to an account received by Vaughan from a neighbor, “continued to chase him with the knife stating that he was going to kill him.”
McDavid reportedly told Vaughan afterward that he didn’t go to the residence with the intent to attack Edwards. McDavid, as well as the woman who gave McDavid a ride, told Vaughan that McDavid intended to leave the Samurai knife in Edwards’ care because the homeless shelter where McDavid currently resides prohibits weapons of that nature.
“The victim told me that the suspect’s wife had gone with him to Knoxville on a job to help him lay some floor, and they had just gotten back,” Vaughan told the Times-News Monday. “From the statement I got from the victim, the suspect’s wife and other witnesses, I would call this incident an act of jealousy. Everybody said he (McDavid) was chasing him (Edwards) with that knife making statements, ‘I’m gonna kill you, I’m gonna kill you.’
“He swung it at him and was stabbing at him, so the suspect’s intent was clear.”
Vaughan said he also observed red marks on Mrs. McDavid’s throat. McDavid was charged with aggravated domestic violence, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and three counts of reckless endangerment stemming from Edwards’ children ages 11, 7 and 6 being nearby at the time of the initial alleged attack.