Man stabbed over laptop in N. Phoenix – Arizona Republic
A transient is accused of robbing and stabbing a man whom he believed to have child pornography on his computer, according to court documents.
Officers responded to a call about an injured person around 9 a.m. Friday at the McDonald’s near 25th Street and Bell Road and found a man stabbed in the chest and neck, according to records filed in Dreamy Draw Justice Court.
The man told police that Brandin Stapleton, 37, had stolen his laptop from inside the restaurant when he momentarily stepped away to the parking lot to smoke a cigarette, according to court documents. The man quickly located Stapleton on 25th Street after he discovered that his laptop was gone.
When the man followed Stapleton down the street and asked for his laptop back, Stapleton allegedly stabbed him in the chest and neck area.
The injured man returned to McDonald’s and received medical attention.
Stapleton’s wife, who was also at the restaurant, told police that she and Stapleton had witnessed the man watching a video on his laptop and masturbating in his van about a week earlier. She said that several children were in the area, and they didn’t know what to do.
She told police they were standing outside the McDonald’s and smoking a cigarette when they recognized man from the van. She said her husband approached the man and said he was going to take his laptop because it had child pornography on it.
At this time, Stapleton’s wife said she left to use the restroom and did not know what happened next, according to the documents.
Two other people standing outside with Stapleton and his wife prior to the alleged theft and stabbing said they hadn’t heard about the child pornography incident.
A man who was standing with the couple outside McDonald’s told police he left on his bicycle when Stapleton excused himself to go to the bathroom because; he believed Stapleton was going to take the laptop and didn’t want to be implicated, records show. When he circled back to see what was going on, he saw Stapleton stab the man in his neck, according to court documents.
After interviewing witnesses, undercover officers followed Stapleton’s wife as she traveled to the area of Grandview and Cave Creek roads, where they observed two men approach her and rummage through her belongings.
Officers subsequently contacted the men, and they advised that police could find Stapleton at a mutual friend’s house. One of the men told officers that Stapleton confessed to stabbing someone and he requested new clothing and help to trim his beard, according to court documents.
Police located Stapleton at his friend’s house and took him into custody.
Stapleton was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder and robbery.