Crime & Courts

Utqiaġvik man charged with attempted murder in stabbing of girlfriend

A 21-year-old Utqiaġvik man is charged with attempted murder for stabbing his girlfriend seven times, according to documents in the criminal case against him.

The attack happened Thursday in the North Slope town, according to the charges.

The mayor of Utqiaġvik himself happened upon the woman and rushed her to the hospital.

Utqiaġvik Mayor Harry Brower Jr. was riding his four-wheeler near his home when he came upon a woman wearing a hooded sweatshirt who was crying and seemed to be in medical distress, said D.J. Fauske, the director of government and external affairs for the North Slope Borough and a spokesman for the mayor.

He asked the girl if she needed a ride to the hospital and she nodded, Fauske said.

"He was in the right place at the right time," Fauske said.

He took her to the nearby hospital, where doctors discovered that 18-year-old Betty Lieb had seven stab wounds to her back and chest. She was airlifted to Anchorage for surgery.

Charging documents say Kyrus Texiera had been dating the victim for two years, and they had been living together at a house near where Lieb was found.

North Slope Borough police officers investigating the stabbing found Texeira hiding under a pile of clothes in another home. He was slurring his words and smelled like alcohol and had dried blood on his arms and a black eye, the charges said.

Officers later found bloody scissors in a backpack believed to belong to him.

He denied stabbing Lieb, according to the charges.

Texiera was arraigned Saturday on attempted murder and first-degree assault charges. He is being held in the Utqiaġvik Jail.