A York County man is in jail Wednesday accused of stabbing his wife in the stomach with a sword that was disguised as a walking cane.
The victim told deputies she was lying in bed when the attack began and that she tried to fight off her husband.
Phillip Demdro Perry, 63, of McConnells, is charged with attempted murder in the attack.
The York County Sheriff’s Office said Perry’s wife called 911 just before 1:15 a.m. Wednesday to say her husband was trying to stab her. At one point during the call, authorities said Gercene Perry began screaming and put the phone down.
The dispatcher then heard yelling in the background that someone had been stabbed, according to a police report.
Deputies arriving at the home on Ginn Road found Phillip Perry walking down the street away from the residence. He had a “large amount of blood” on his clothes, and injuries to his head and left hand, according to the police report.
Meanwhile, another deputy went the Perry home where they met a 23-year-old woman who said her mother had been stabbed. Another woman, the victim’s niece, was standing outside the door of the master bedroom holding a large chef’s knife. The woman dropped the knife when ordered by the deputy.
In the bedroom, Gercene Perry told deputies that she had been asleep when her husband entered the room and “struck her in a chopping motion.”
The woman said she tried to fight off her husband, and hit him over the head with a portion of the sword. But he then stabbed her in the stomach before fleeing the scene, according to the police report.
Authorities say that after Phillip Perry fled the home, someone inside the residence covered the sword to try to hide the weapon in case Perry returned.
Gercene Perry was treated at the scene, then transported to Carolinas Medical Center Main in Charlotte.
Phillip Perry also was taken to a local hospital for treatment for his injuries, but was later sent to the York County Detention Center.
A family friend and neighbor picked up Gercene Perry’s granddaughter Wednesday, because her mother and grandmother remained at the hospital.
“It happened to a nice, quiet, church-going person,” Ella Baccus, the family friend, said. “She did not deserve this.
The couple had been married for three years, friends said. Perry’s daughter said her mother swore out a a restraining order against Phillip Perry last summer after a similar domestic incident. He was not living at the house and could also be facing breaking-and-entering charges, she said.
In addition to the attempted murder, Phillip Perry also is charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
WCNC reporter Bora Kim contributed
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