FAIRBANKS—A teenager accused of stabbing his sister in the neck Friday night told Fairbanks police he was high on hallucinogenic mushrooms and attacked his sister to “get back to reality.”
Police arrested 17-year-old Travis Damian Heard on a charge of attempted first-degree murder. He has been charged as an adult.
His 16-year-old sister is in stable condition at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, a Fairbanks Police Department news release stated.
According to a criminal complaint against Heard, police responded to a report of a stabbing at a Hamilton Acres home at 8:45 p.m. A man who was talking to Heard’s sister through FaceTime reported the phone suddenly dropped and he heard Travis’ sister yell “he stabbed me.”
At the home, police detained Heard and found a kitchen knife with blood on it.
Fairbanks police officer Jason Pace wrote in the criminal complaint that Heard, when asked by another police officer why he stabbed his sister, replied "to get back to reality."
A police sergeant then asked Heard if he thought killing his sister would bring him back to reality, and Heard said he did, Pace said.
Heard told police that earlier in the day he had eaten psilocybin mushrooms for the first time, Pace said.
Police interviewed Heard’s sister at the hospital. She told police that her brother told her he was hungry and that she told him to go downstairs to get some food. She wasn’t looking at him because she was talking on FaceTime, a smartphone feature, but she said her brother then walked toward her and stabbed her in the base of the neck near her shoulder. She reported he then fled and that she pulled out the knife herself.
Fairbanks police stated she jumped out a window and fled to a neighbor’s house.
At a court hearing Saturday, a judge set Heard’s bail at $500,000, which would require him to post $50,000 to be released before trial. He was appointed a public defender.
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