RACINE COUNTY — 50-year-old Lewis Caples pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, December 30th to a charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide (domestic abuse assessments, repeater) in connection with a stabbing that occurred in Racine on Friday, December 4th.
Racine police on December 4th were dispatched to an emergency room for a woman with a severe laceration to her throat that would require surgery. Police learned the victim had been brought into the ER by Caples.
According to the criminal complaint, Caples told police he and the victim had been out celebrating the Packers victory vs. the Lions — stopping at a bar around midnight. When they returned home, Caples told police an unknown intruder was in the home.
Caples indicated the intruder tried to stab him, but missed. Caples said he was able to turn the knife on the attacker — stabbing him twice. He then indicated that he put the attacker in an “arm bar,” and “judo chopped” him in the throat.
Caples told police his dog was also stabbed, and that his dog was able to bite the attacker in the face.
The complaint indicates the victim’s daughter arrived at the hospital, and a verbal argument ensued. She told police she asked Caples to leave because he was using crack cocaine. She also indicated Caples does not have a dog that she is aware of.
The victim in this case was unable to speak in the hospital, but she was able to write down messages to police, indicating it was Caples who had caused her injury. The victim indicated she told Caples he had to leave, and that’s when he cut her.
Police spoke with Caples again, and the complaint indicates he eventually told them he and the victim had argued, and during a struggle, the victim stated she hated Caples. Caples told police he wanted to use the knife to hurt himself, but the victim wouldn’t let him.
When asked if this was when he cut the woman, Caples said “yeah,” according to the complaint.
The victim indicated there was no argument, and said Caples came up behind her in the bedroom and cut her throat.
According to the complaint, the victim admitted they had smoked crack cocaine, and said people have told her Caples is “crazy” and not someone who can handle drugs.
The victim suffered a six-inch laceration on her neck. Medical personnel said the laceration missed a main artery by approximately one millimeter.
Caples is due back in court on February 5th.