Friday, June 3, 2011

Rahsaan Lavonte Thedford accused of biting off estranged wife's eyelid and chasing her with steak knife in 'Hannibal Lecter-style attack' - 3rd June

A 32-year-old man is to stand trial over an alleged 'Hannibal Lecter'-style attack on his estranged wife in which he is accused of bit off her eyelid.

Rahsaan Lavonte Thedford, of Clinton Township, Michigan, was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges of assault with intent to maim following a preliminary examination in 40th District Court.

Thedford went to his 34-year-old wife's home in suburban Detroit on Mother's Day.

He is accused of carrying out a 'heinous' attack and was described by St. Clair Shores Police Detective Margaret Eidt as being reminiscent of the fictional cannibalistic killer in the movie The Silence Of The Lambs.

She said: 'In 18 years I have never had a case like this.

'I was floored when they assigned it to me.

'It was absolutely heinous, like Hannibal Lecter.'

Thedford and his wife, from whom he'd been separated, began to argue after he refused to leave.

Police say punched her in the face and head, pinned her down on the ground and bit off her eyelid.

Mrs Eidt said that after the woman got away, Thedford chased her into the kitchen where he picked up a steak knife and threatened to kill her.

The estranged wife ran from the house to her car and called 911.

Thedford was arrested shortly after while trying to crawl under a fence in a yard nearby to get away from police, Mrs Eidt said. Read More

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