Crime & Courts

Teen tells Fairbanks police he stabbed girl to ‘come back to reality’ during drug trip

A 17-year-old was charged with attempted murder Saturday after he stabbed another teenager in the neck while under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms, according to Fairbanks police.

Around 10:45 p.m., officers from the Fairbanks Police Department responded to a reported stabbing at a home on Baranof Avenue in the Shannon Park subdivision, spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch said.

Travis Heard had stabbed a 16-year-old girl in the neck, police say.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that the victim was Heard's sister. Heard had said he was hungry, the victim told police, so she told Heard to go downstairs and get some food. The girl wasn't looking at him — she was talking on her phone using FaceTime — so she didn't see when Heard walked up toward her and stabbed her near her shoulder, in the base of her neck, the News-Miner reported.

The victim "was able to jump out of a window with her small child and go to a neighbor's residence for help," McColloch said.

Officers found Heard inside the home under the influence of psilocybin mushrooms. Psilocybin mushrooms, which are hallucinogenic, are considered a schedule I controlled substance under federal law and a schedule II drug under Alaska law.

Heard admitted that he had eaten mushrooms for the first time, the News-Miner reported. He told officers he stabbed the victim in the neck "to come back to reality," according to McColloch.

The victim was in stable condition Monday and her injuries were not life-threatening, McColloch wrote.

Heard is being charged with attempted murder in the first degree. Since he is more than 16 years old and charged with one of the most serious felonies in Alaska law, he is automatically being charged as an adult, according to the Fairbanks District Attorney's office.

Heard was arraigned Saturday, online records show. His next court hearing is Feb. 6. Heard has a previous charge of underage consumption from Galena in 2015.

Laurel Andrews

Laurel Andrews was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in October 2018.