KINGMAN - A 26-year-old Golden Valley man is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly stabbing his mother's boyfriend while the three of them were driving home.
Zachary Octave Wilkinson was arrested Saturday night after Mohave County Sheriff's deputies responded to Kingman Regional Medical Center in reference to an assault.
Sheriff's spokesperson Trish Carter said the 51-year-old boyfriend was behind the wheel when he was stabbed numerous times by Wilkinson.
The boyfriend, the mother and her adult son were on a bench-like seat in the front of a pickup truck when the assault occurred.
Carter said the trio were on their way home from a barbecue when the boyfriend and the mother's son, who had just moved in with the couple, began arguing. The mother was seated in between her boyfriend and her son during the argument.
At one point, Carter said, Wilkinson began stabbing the victim with a small 5-inch folding pocketknife multiple times while the victim was still driving. The vehicle was still in motion on a private road about half a mile off of U.S. 93 when the victim opened the car door to escape the attack.
Carter said Wilkinson admitted to swinging his knife at the victim but says he blacked out during the incident and that the next thing he knew, the victim was laying in the roadway covered in blood. The mother said the argument escalated to violence after her boyfriend went to hit the son and hit her instead.
Carter said alcohol may have played a role in the incident as all three had been drinking at the barbecue from which they were returning. Investigations are ongoing as to whether the victim was over the legal limit while he was driving.
The victim's stab wounds were serious enough that he had to be airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center, where he was listed Monday in fair condition.
Wilkinson is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon per domestic violence and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, both felonies.