Emily Javier began to suspect her boyfriend, Alex Lovell, was cheating on her after finding the dating app Tinder on his phone, along with other signs, like mysterious scratches on his back. She also thought he spent too much time playing video games. She decided to buy a samurai sword and taped it to the side of the bed.
According to an affidavit, Javier, 30, waited for Lovell to fall asleep on March 3 in a home in Camas, Washington. Then, in the darkened room, she used her phone to better view the scene.
She allegedly grabbed the samurai sword, which had been taped to the side of the bed, and started hacking away at Lovell.
Police say, according to a report by the Washington Post, that Lovell woke up as his girlfriend of two years started attacking him, but, even though he was injured, he was able to defend himself.
“I was able to wing chun my way to survival,” said Lovell.
“I saw the look in her eyes, and it scared the living poop out of me,” he added. “I told her I loved her, and she was killing me. She needed to call police, or I was going to die.”
Javier made a frantic call to 911, saying she had stabbed Lovell and believed he was dead.
“You used a sword?” the operator asked at one point during the call.
When police arrived, they discovered Lovell in the blood-spattered bedroom. His injuries were severe, including nearly losing three fingers on his hand, as well as wounds to his head, neck, torso, legs, and feet, but he survived.
“I was just so proud of beating this samurai wannabe crazy lady with hate in her heart,” said Lovell, 29.
Javier, during an interview with police, admitted her frustration regarding Lovell’s video game playing, which he said involved logging 12 to 13 hours a day spent on the multiplayer online fighting game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.”
After Javier discovered Tinder on Lovell’s phone along with scratches on his back and mysterious red hairs in the shower drain, she suspected he was cheating. She went to the mall and purchased a samurai sword. She said to the police, “I thought I was gonna stab him while he was sleeping.”
Lovell denies he was cheating, saying, “I barely had time to hang out with my girlfriend, let alone another girl.”
Javier pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree attempted murder and remains in custody.
Lovell’s fingers were successfully reattached, and he is expected to recover.