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Police: Victim Of West Hartford Stabbing Says Incident Arose From Back-To-School Shopping Argument

The victim of Monday evening's stabbing at an Elmwood apartment told West Hartford Police that after talking to Naomi Williams-Wal about taking his son back-to-school shopping she stabbed him in the back and that four children were present at the time, according to police reports of the incident.

"I fell to the floor and Naomi then sent the kids outside to a friends house," the unnamed male victim told West Hartford Police Officer Christopher Leonard, according to a police report. "Naomi then stood over me, rolled me over and took the knife out of my back. Naomi then put the knife to my throat and began yelling at me hysterically. I told Naomi 'Please stop.' Naomi pushed the knife against my throat, but then stabbed me in the head."

The victim told Leonard that Williams-Wal tried to stab him again, but he put his hands up and he was stabbed in the hand. He told police he was able to roll Williams-Wal off of him and run out the front door of the Hillcrest Avenue apartment. He collapsed outside the apartment and he said Williams-Wal started to kick and punch him, took her shoe off and hit him with it.

West Hartford Police responded to 113E Hillcrest Avenue at approximately 5:50 p.m. on Monday on a report that a stabbing had just taken place.

Officer Christopher B. Tyler, said to be the first officer on the scene, said in his report that when he arrived at the apartment complex he saw a woman, later identified as Williams-Wal, standing outside and the man laying on his back. The man appeared injured but was moving and was responsive, Tyler said in his report.

"Wal kept stating she 'did not want to get shot' but would not listen to any of my commands," Tyler said. "I told Wal she needed to listen to my commands and walk out to the grass in front of her. Wal kept stating she did not want to get shot. I yelled to Wal I wanted to talk to her about what happened but she needed to listen to what I was telling her."

After giving several orders to move onto the grass, Williams-Wal raised her hands and threw a pair of scissors, onto the ground near the victim, Tyler said.

Tyler said the door to the apartment was open and he saw fresh blood all over the threshold and saw a toddler in a walker inside the apartment was crying. A sergeant located three more children by the playground area of the apartment complex, another police officer said in his report. One of the children said they were inside when the incident happened, police said.

The victim was transported to Hartford Hospital and police, in the reports, said he suffered from about a half-inch puncture wound on his lower back, a laceration on the palm of his left hand, the back of his left hand and the left side of his head. The victim also had a small amount of a blood-like substance on his mouth and lips, the reports said.

Officer Matthew Lariviere said in his report that he accompanied the victim in the ambulance to Hartford Hospital and the victim kept repeating "'why did you do this to me' referring to Williams-Wal stabbing him." The victim told Lariviere that Williams-Wal was intoxicated, cooking in the kitchen and had attacked him without reason.

The victim told police he arrived at the apartment about 5:30 p.m. on Monday and one of his children said Williams-Wal took her daughters back-to-school shopping, but not him.

Williams-Wal, 34, was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, first degree assault, risk of injury to a child and second degree breach of peace. Williams-Wal remains in custody on a $500,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on September 5. The man was treated at Hartford Hospital that night, according to police reports.

Appearing before Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday Judge Matthew J. Budzik, Williams-Wal was shackled at her ankles and wrists, wearing a white, paper jumpsuit.

Budzik issued a protective order for three individuals, two of which were children, he said, and maintained the police department's $500,000 bond. If Williams-Wal posts bond, she is to wear a GPS monitored bracelet and stay 2,500 feet from the three protected individuals' home.

The victim's son was taken by a family friend, as his mother was away in Florida. Attempts to get other family members to come and take custody of the three other children were not successful and were to be picked up by the Department of Children and Families staff.

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