An Independence man has been charged after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend's son while the victim was preparing Ramen noodles in the kitchen.
James McConnell, 59, faces charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action for the stabbing, which happened about 9 p.m. Saturday in his home at the 11400 block of East 19th Street in western Independence.
According to court documents, when officers arrived they found the victim using a paper towel to cover a wound on his back about 2 inches across and 1 inch deep. He told police McConnell was yelling at his mother calling her vulgar names – a common behavior for McConnell, he said – and had told him to stop. After McConnell came into the kitchen and stabbed him, the two men fought and the victim got the knife away from the McConnell, who he said was intoxicated.
McConnell told police the victim lived in a different portion of the residence and he was tired of the victim living off him, interfering with his relationship with the victim's mother and eating his food. While the victim was in the kitchen, McConnell said, he grabbed a knife from the bedroom and stabbed the victim. A fight ensued, and McConnell said he suffered a possible broken rib. He told police he had enough of the victim and his intentions were blatant.
Police recovered a large military-style fixed-blade knife with a 6-inch blade.
The victim's mother said she was in the living room when she saw McConnell get the knife from the bedroom after her son told McConnell to “shut the f--- up,” then go into the kitchen and stab her son. She then called 911.
McConnell's bond has been set at $50,000.