MESA, AZ — A Mesa man was stabbed six times in the chest and back during a domestic violence assault.
Mesa police report that on March 23 they responded to a home near Stapley Drive and Southern Avenue for a domestic violence assault.
There they found a man who had been stabbed six times by his live-in boyfriend.
According to court documents, the victim was stabbed three times in the chest and three times in the back. He required emergency surgery to repair a collapsed lung, police say.
Another roommate reportedly told police that he heard the victim breaking items in the living room when the suspect, 28-year-old Wyatt Tyler Lupton, confronted him.
The witness then reportedly went into the living room and saw the victim with multiple stab wounds being assisted by Lupton. He also heard Lupton allegedly say, " I'm sorry, I didn't mean to do it. "
After Lupton was arrested and placed in the back of a police car, he allegedly slipped out of one of the handcuffs and attempted to access the front seat of the police car. Officers later found the front half of his body through the plastic divider and into the front seat of the police unit.
Lupton has been charged with aggravated assault and escape.
If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic or sexual violence, there are several local and national organizations offering resources. Anyone in need of immediate assistance should contact either the Maricopa County Shelter Line at 480-890-3039, the National 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), or the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence at 602-279-2900. A number of organizations are available 24 hours a day for anyone at risk of experiencing domestic or sexual violence.
See a directory of domestic violence programs here