FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) – Court documents give more details to a Fairbanks stabbing that police and Troopers believe was committed by a woman who’s also a suspect in a murder from this week.
Lindsey Preshaw, 35, is charged with attempted murder for stabbing a woman at her home.
According to a criminal complaint, the victim told Troopers that she arrived at her home on the Parks Highway Wednesday to find a woman she did not know coming down the stairs. The victim asked the woman to leave the private property, and pulled her vehicle into the detached garage. Then, she told Troopers, the stranger came to the door of the garage and asked whether the victim had a leash for her dog. The victim again told her to leave and walked toward her house, when the strange woman attacked her from behind and stabbed her over and over again.
The victim told troopers that her attacker was very strong. Eventually, the attacker asked the victim for money and said she needed to leave. The victim got in the car to drive the woman away, and the woman demanded that the victim get into the passenger seat. The attacker then drove away, but after a short distance was convinced to let the victim out of the vehicle.
The victim walked to several houses and knocked on the door trying to get help. One of those homeowners saw her knock on his door via his home security video, though he was out of state. He called Troopers at 5:08 p.m. to say a woman with a bloody face was at his door.
Another man found the victim minutes later and called Troopers by 5:14. She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and was rushed into surgery before Troopers could fully document her injuries.
Troopers found the victim’s car in the ditch at the intersection of Old Nenana Road and the Parks Highway. While they were there, a man stopped and said he’d just given a woman a ride to the road near Monderosa Restaurant, close to Nenana. He said he’d picked her up just south of the vehicle, but when he asked if she’d been driving it, she said she had not.
Troopers went to the area near the restaurant and found footprints that matched footprints found at the victim’s home, but they led back to the highway and could not be followed.
Just after 9 p.m., State Troopers were called by an off-duty officer from Clear Air Force Base to say a woman was acting strangely at Mile 309 of the highway. She first gave Troopers another person’s name, but when the Trooper, who knew Fairbanks Police were looking for Lindsey Preshaw, asked if that was her name, she said it was.
Preshaw’s jackets and snow pants were covered in blood, and she had the match to a glove that was found at the stabbing victim’s home.
In this case, Preshaw has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and vehicle theft.
When she was brought back to Fairbanks, Fairbanks Police interviewed her first. Fairbanks officials say she’s the primary suspect in the Tuesday murder of John Preshaw.
Newspaper reports from 2013 and 2014 show that Lindsey and John Preshaw were step-siblings, who had children together. She was convicted of assault for stabbing him in 2013.