Jordan Meshawn Carter, 19, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem, terrorist threats and child endangerment in a Monday night incident that nearly severed the left middle finger of his former roommate in Redding.
Carter and Michael Miles Smith, 28, had been in the midst of an argument when Carter allegedly approached Smith with the knife and threatened to kill him, according to the Redding Police Department. Smith reportedly struck Carter below the right eye with a tire iron, then ran to his car with his own newborn son.
Carter, who later told police that he practiced throwing knives regularly, allegedly slashed the left rear tire as Smith attempted to drive away. Authorities said he then threw the knife at Smith’s head, but Smith deflected it with his hand. The knife nearly severed his left middle finger and left a small cut on his face in the process.
The incident occurred at 8:45 p.m. Monday, according to a police report.
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Smith drove his car on a bare rim to Shasta Regional Medical Center, where he received treatment for his injuries, authorities said. Police arrested Carter outside in the 2900 block of Sporting Court in Redding.
Redding police said Carter later confessed to attempting to kill his former roommate by throwing a knife at his head.
Carter had two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for his arrest at the time of the incident. He is being held in Shasta County jail with a bail in excess of $500,000.