A 28-year-old man from Las Vegas, Nevada faces attempted murder charges after he allegedly ambushed a 3-year-old family member and repeatedly stabbed her with a knife in a purported bid to “save her” from “demons.” Authorities said it happened as other relatives were studying the Bible.

According to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) arrest report obtained by Law&Crime, Alan M. Wilson on March 31 stabbed the toddler out of nowhere as she ate dinner. Documents indicate that the victim is Wilson’s niece (his half-brother is identified as the victim’s uncle). Authorities said the stabbing occurred at a home where five family members had gathered.
The toddler was “sitting at the kitchen table eating butter noodles” as Alan Wilson was “pacing back and forth in the hallway between a bedroom and the kitchen table where [the victim] was sitting,” documents said. “[Wilson’s half-brother] said [the pacing] is not unusual behavior for Alan and he believes that Alan does this as a a habit he developed in solitary confinement in prison.”

The witness said that the pacing went on for about a half an hour until the family’s “bible study” session began. That’s when Wilson allegedly walked up behind the victim “as if to hug her” but stabbing her repeatedly in the side “in an underhand motion.”

Police said Wilson then got into a physical altercation with two male family members who moved to disarm him, leading one of the two intervening men to suffer a stab wound to the right hand. Documents said the man needed “multiple stitches” and will need the opinion of a “hand specialist” who will “determine if their is any long-term damage to his tendons.”

Wilson allegedly said that he stabbed the girl because he believed he had to eradicate demonic forces.

“I need to get the demons out of her. I need to save her,” the suspect “continually” said, according to the affidavit.
Family members said the suspect previously served time in prison for “injury a lady during a robbery,” the arrest report continued. Wilson had also “physically attacked family members” and was recently released from what appears to be a medical facility (the facility is redacted from documents for apparent medical privacy reasons) —six days before the stabbing.

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