Texas- Heroes, a Criminal, and a Cop who was stabbed
Houston, Texas — 24 year old Aprils Pikes was on the Houston Community College police force. In her off-duty hours, she was acting as a security guard at the Meyerland Walmart early on Tuesday morning, when a man jumped on her, and began stabbing her in the arm and torso…14 times. Walmart shoppers came to her aid just in the nick of time.
According to police, Jeremiah M. Matthews, 23, was “out to kill a police officer, because cops are oppressive.” He told police he did it to get back at cops because of their “brutal treatment.”
Police believe that Matthews was attempting to get control of her weapon as well as trying to kill her. She was in uniform at the time of the incident.
According to witnesses, Matthews came into the store, tackled Pikes and began stabbing her with a hunting knife.
“I saw him on her just stabbing her,” said witness Abe Baker, who was one of several shoppers who intervened to stop the attack.
Baker said he was leaving the Walmart in the 9500 block of South Post Oak when he saw Matthews attack the officer.
“I wasn’t really thinking,” Baker said. “His arm was just up getting ready to stab her and I just grabbed his arm and took him down, and that’s when everybody else came over and we all just took him down.”
Ms. Pikes was rushed to Ben Taub hospital, where she underwent 6 hours of surgery on Tuesday. Though she is expected to recover, she may lose her right arm. It was the quick action by Mr. Baker and the other shoppers that saved her life.
The shoppers used Officer Pikes’ handcuffs to subdue Matthews until other police officers arrived to arrest him.
Matthews has been charged with Attempted Capital Murder and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted. He is currently being held without bond in the Harris County jail.
A Matthews family spokesperson stated that he has a history of mental illness and “may have been influenced” by the Baltimore riots on Monday.