By John L. Ross
A man facing attempted murder charges related to a multiple stabbing attack against his girlfriend was arraigned in Whitley County court Monday.
Anthony Potter-Spicer, 30, of Williamsburg, remains jailed at the Whitley County Detention Center under a $500,000 cash bond.
His girlfriend, Ashley Warren, was treated at the scene by Whitley County EMS after receiving 16 stab wounds. She remains hospitalized at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington and has been upgraded to fair condition.
According to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird, Warren had been trying to end her relationship with Potter-Spicer “for several weeks.”
“The night of the incident, he accused her of having an affair,” Bird said. “(He) pulled the knife, stating, ‘If he couldn’t have her, no one else would either.’”
That’s when Bird said Warren ran.
“He tackled her and began to stab her repeatedly,” Bird added. “The last stab wound was in the throat, according to the victim.”
A Sky View Drive resident contacted authorities just before 11 Friday night to report an assault.
That unidentified caller reported witnessing a physical altercation between a man and a woman.
As that caller attempted to assist the female, who was bleeding from several stab wounds, the male fled on foot.
That male, according to Bird, was quickly identified as Potter-Spicer. The suspect also had a warrant from another agency, according to detention center records. Bird said that warrant was for a misdemeanor charge from Campbell County.
Officer Brandon Prewitt and his canine partner, Rico, tracked Potter-Spicer to an area between the Cumberland River, George Hays Road and South Second Street. Whitley County 911 dispatchers assisted by having the suspect’s general location confirmed by the service provider of the cell phone he was using.
Bird said Warren was housed in the intensive care unit of the hospital, but was moved to a “progressive care unit.” Police were able to interview with Warren Monday.
The incident remains under investigation by Bird’s department. Potter-Spicer also has two other cash bonds totaling $2,666.
Potter-Spicer is slated to appear for his preliminary hearing March 4 in Whitley District Court. He also faces a charge of resisting arrest.