A Houston, Texas, man is facing up to 99 years behind bars for a vicious attack on a law enforcement officer inside of a Walmart store. Jeremiah M. Matthews, 23, was denied bond at a court appearance this week, during which it was asserted that he admitted to the crime and shared his motive.
After allegedly stabbing 24-year-old Houston Community College officer April Pikes 14 times, police reports indicate Matthews said he simply wanted to kill an “oppressive” cop.
As for the injured officer, she was rushed to a local hospital where she underwent six hours of surgery and, according to the latest reports available, remains in critical condition. If not for the quick action of shoppers around her, Pikes’ injuries could have been even more severe.
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Abe Baker, one of the individuals who stepped in to break up the attack, said he didn’t think before getting involved.
“His arm was up again getting ready to stab her,” he said, “and I just grabbed his arm and just took him down. That’s when everybody else came over and we all just took him down.”
The suspect’s attorney and family blame the incident on a history of mental illness and the ongoing race riots in Baltimore and elsewhere across the nation. Matthews’ mother, Vanessa Johnson, did have a statement for the victim.
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“My hearts and prayers are going out to her and her entire family,” she said.
Prosecutors are charging Matthews with attempted capital murder of a police officer, a count that carries a possible 99-year prison sentence.
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