Calls for hate crime charge against 30-year-old who stabbed neighbor in Scottsdale

- A Scottsdale man is telling his story of survival, from a hospital.

Thomas William, 58, is still recovering after he was stabbed several times on Friday. The incident reportedly happened at his apartment complex, located near Hayden and Camelback Road. Scottsdale Police say they found Williams on Jan. 26, bleeding profusely with wounds in the abdomen and thigh. 

The suspect in this case, identified by witnesses as 30-year-old Keaton Formica, is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond, for charges of attempted murder and burglary.

Williams claims he was attacked by his own neighbor, and said he has never met ot talked to the suspect before. As a result, Williams was in complete shock when he said Formica started to stab him.

"I don't think he should get out of jail," said Williams. "He tried to murder me. If I would have just fell after he hit me the first time in my side, I might not be here talking to you today."

Williams said he heard a loud bang Friday evening. He went outside, and someone told him to call 911. Williams said out of nowhere, Formica confronted him.

"You broke into my girlfriends house and you raped her, and he pulls a knife and stabs me," said Williams.

Williams said he ran and hid under a truck. He said Formica chased him and stabbed him again, before breaking the knife. Williams said he then started throwing rocks.

Williams said the one thing going through his mind was survival.

"And I was not going out like that. If I was to stay out there and not dive under the truck, then he probably would have killed me. He probably would have kept stabbing me," said Williams. "A lot of N-words thrown at me the whole time, and he's circling the truck like he's a predator."   

Formica went before a judge Wednesday morning. In charging documents, however, authorities do not mention racial epithets.

According to police reports, Formica showed signs of mental illness, and told authorities he thought the government was watching him, from a nearby apartment.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says there is no state hate crime statute. But his office is still reviewing the case and may seek a stiffer penalty for a crime committed with extreme malice.

Meanwhile, Williams, his family and friends are hoping for the toughest punishment possible. Due to the racial slurs Williams claims were yelled, they wanted to try and get Formica charged with a hate crime.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says there is no state hate crime statute. But his office is still reviewing the case and may seek a stiffer penalty for a crime committed with extreme malice.

Formica is due back in court February 2 and 6.


GoFundMe for Thomas Williams
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