Truman State University student intervenes during ax attack
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —
New details are now emerging from Friday night's violent domestic dispute in Kirksville.
KTVO spoke with a witness that stepped in to help stop the attack.
"She was trying to crawl up our front porch as he was attacking her. There was blood all across our front porch."
That is how Truman State University student Jordan Lambay described the scene late Friday night.
According to the Kirksville Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of East Scott Street around 10:40 p.m., after it was reported a female had been seriously assaulted with a weapon by her husband.
Lambay and his roommate Gabriel, live next door to where the assault took place.
"My roommate Gabriel, he opens the door and says that there is a guy with an ax in our front yard attacking a woman."
The suspect, who was identified as Alidor Masingo, 35, of Kirksville, was charged Saturday with First-Degree Domestic Assault.
Lambay said he witnessed Masingo drag his wife into the street, and that's when he saw a chance to step in to end the attack.
"I saw she had a hand on the ax at that moment. So, I rushed him, grabbing the ax. We did tug-of-war for a little bit. I put my leg between his and turned so he fell to the ground and I pinned him so that Gabriel could come and grab the ax. I held him there until the police got there."
Lambay estimates he only had to hold Masingo down for one or two minutes before police arrived on scene.
"I was just making sure she didn't get hit again. I said if I get hit once, I can take it. But, I didn't want her to get hit one more time."
Lambay adds that this incident came as a surprise and that he has talked to his neighbors almost daily.
"I even helped - they had a garter snake they were afraid of. So, I went and captured the garter snake for them. This was the first real incident I've saw."
As for his decision to intervene during the dispute, Lambay says he doesn't think he would have done anything differently.
"I don't think there was anything more I could do. I think I did everything. I don't have any guilt. I stepped in and did everything I could to stop it. I feel good. But, I'm also just anxious now because I never thought I would have to deal with a guy wielding an ax in my front yard."
Masingo is currently being held at the Adair County Detention Center on a $150,000 cash only bond.
The victim was flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.