PHOENIX — A Phoenix man has been arrested after using a hatchet handle to strike his girlfriend several times, sending her the hospital in critical condition.
According to police, in the early morning hours of March 27, the victim's roommates arrived at their home near 22nd Street and Greenway Road and found the woman unconscious and bleeding on the back patio.
The woman was taken to the hospital where doctors said she had two large lacerations and a brain hemorrhage. She was listed in critical but stable condition at the time.
Court records show that a week later the victim’s boyfriend, 28-year-old Jade Deonne Knox, turned himself in. Knox reportedly told police that the victim threw several items at him while they were arguing.
After being hit by some of the objects, Knox allegedly told police, "I lost it." He said he grabbed a hatchet and swung it at the victim causing the hatchet head to fly off.
He then allegedly used the hatchet handle to strike the women several times before and after she fell to the ground.
Knox then reportedly grabbed his dog, meth, marijuana and then left the home.
Knox is being held on a $100,000 bond for aggravated assault.
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