Roommate dispute leaves man seriously injured; suspect in custody

Jul 28, 2015 7:43 PM by News Staff

A Redding man has been arrested for allegedly attacking his roommate with a knife, nearly cutting off one of the man’s fingers.

Police were called to Shasta Regional Medical Center around 8:45 p.m. Monday, where 28-year-old Michael Miles Smith, who had a head wound and severed finger, told officers he had been attacked by his ex-roommate, all while his child was a few feet away.

Smith told officers that he had been in an argument with 19-year-old Jordan Meshawn Carter, of Redding, when Carter pulled a knife. Smith says he hit Carter with a tire iron in self-defense, then tried to flee in his car, with his child inside.

As Smith attempted to flee, he says Carter slashed his tires, and then threw the knife at his face. Smith blocked the knife with his hand, but it nearly cut off his finger.

Smith says he then proceeded to drive his car, on a bare rim, to Shasta Regional.

Carter was located and arrested in the 2900 block of Sporting Court in Redding, and reportedly admitted to the allegations. Police say he also claimed to be aware Smith’s child was in the car as he threw knives at it.

Carter was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem, terrorist threats, and child endangerment. Carter also had two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for his arrest.


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