Third person in stabbing not boyfriend, family says

26-year-old victim in critical condition is a family friend of suspect's ex-girlfriend

Philip Matwyuk

Philip Matwyuk

KINGMAN - Two sisters stabbed over the weekend have been released from the hospital.

The family of the women said the third person stabbed, originally characterized by police as a boyfriend, was actually a family friend who was staying with the girls after they'd been harassed by 27-year-old Philip Matwyuk. Matwyuk was arrested about three hours after he allegedly broke into his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend's home in the 700 block of Gold Street around 7 a.m. Saturday.

The ex-girlfriend and her 22-year-old sister were stabbed several times. The 26-year-old family friend who was stabbed remains hospitalized, but his condition has been recently upgraded from critical.

The family of the women said the friend was not at the bar with the women as originally reported but had given them a ride home. He stayed overnight at the home because of threats Matwyuk had made in the weeks since he and the 29-year-old had broken up.

The family said the attack was witnessed by two toddlers in the home, as well as a 15-year-old babysitter. They were not physically harmed but are said to have been traumatized by the event.

Matwyuk is jailed on three felony charges of aggravated assault by domestic violence.