Woman survives samurai wound

Blade entered at victim's side, exited at chest

Christopher Janes

Christopher Janes

KINGMAN - Police say a 52-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after she was reportedly stabbed by her husband using a samurai sword.

The husband, Christopher M. Janes, 48, of Kingman, is charged with felony attempted murder and misconduct involving weapons. Police say they recovered the sword, which was said to be several feet long, after serving a search warrant at the couple's home in the 1600 block of John L. Avenue a day and a half after the stabbing.

Kingman Police Lt. Rusty Cooper said the couple were apparently arguing Wednesday night when the altercation turned physical and the woman was stabbed with the sword.

The woman then reportedly drove herself to a friend's home. It was the friend who was the one to call authorities, which Cooper said most likely saved the woman's life. Cooper described the victim as intoxicated and uncooperative with responding officers.

It wasn't immediately apparent at the time what sort of instrument the woman had been stabbed with. It was only in surgery at Kingman Regional Medical Center that doctors discovered that what they believed to be the entrance wound on the victim's chest was really where the blade had exited.

Cooper said the entrance wound turned out to be on the woman's side underneath the armpit area. The sword pierced the woman all the way through, but somehow missed any vital organs.

Police serving a search warrant at the couple's home Friday discovered the sword, along with a large amount of blood. The couple's young son, age unknown, was also reportedly in the home at the time of the stabbing.

The woman was last listed in critical but stable condition.

Cooper said both the victim and the suspect were intoxicated at the time of the incident.