Daniel Andrick, age 43, was arrested for attempted murder Saturday morning after he allegedly stabbed his roommate in the neck while the victim slept. Both were staying at Stalwart House, a sober living home for men on San Andres Street.
Police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood said officers responded to the facility at 6:33 a.m. after receiving calls of an assault with a knife. When they arrived they found the 53-year-old victim sitting on the front porch of the house bleeding profusely from a wound to the right side of his neck. Other residents were helping the victim, but Andrick — who had moved into the sober living home the day before — was nowhere to be found.
Through interviews, investigators learned the victim had been asleep in his bed when he “awoke to the sensation of being struck on the neck and found Andrick standing over him,” Harwood said. “The victim felt the side of his neck and discovered a knife stuck in it.” He yelled to another roommate for help as Andrick fled the scene. Approximately three hours later, at 9:30 a.m., officers tracked Andrick to the front of the Westside Boys and Girls Club at 602 West Anapamu Street and took him into custody.
Andrick, said Harwood, admitted to stabbing the victim, and he was booked into County Jail with a bail amount of $1 million. “Mental illness may be a factor in this case,” he said.
The victim was transported to Cottage Hospital and is expected to survive.