An American woman has been arrested after she attempted to kill her boyfriend with a Samurai sword over cheating allegations.
The man identified as Lovell was only able to survive the attack as he woke up quick to the pain he felt while still asleep, only to see his girlfriend making an attempt to rip him into two after initially giving him a deep gash on his arm.
Survival instincts – mainly martial arts training and all the Kung Fu films he had watched – clicked in.
“I was able to wing chun my way to survival,” he told the Oregonian/OregonLive in an interview this week over Facebook messenger, referring to a Chinese martial art.
He eventually wrapped Javier in a bear hug. “I saw the look in her eyes, and it scared the living poop out of me,” he told the news outlet. “I told her I loved her, and she was killing me. She needed to call police, or I was going to die.”
Javier broke off the attack and made the call, frantically telling a 911 operator she had stabbed her boyfriend and she thought he was dead.”You used a sword?” the operator asked.
When police did arrive at the scene on March 3, they found Lovell curled up in the blood-spattered bedroom, according to the probable cause affidavit filed by police in Camas, a Washington state town east of Portland, Oregon.
Remarkably, he survived the attack despite serious injuries. Lovell almost lost the index, middle and ring fingers on his hand. But in a series of interviews this week, the competitive gamer sounded happy to be alive.
“I was just so proud for beating this samurai wannabe crazy lady with hate in her heart,” the 29-year-old told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “I’ve been preparing my whole life for something like this.”
Javier – who pleaded not guilty this week to first-degree attempted murder, according to the Columbian – had also allegedly been preparing.
Alex Lovell – known as “Biggie” in his local gamer scene – is an avid player of “PlayerUnknown’s Battleground,” a multiplayer online fighting game. As he told The Oregonian/OregonLive, Lovell has been recently logging 12 to 13 hours a day playing the game. The regimen also required “exercises for his hands, wrists and shoulders and also practicing mouse moves and techniques to maximise performance,” the paper reported.
“I wasn’t a sweaty nerd, more of an Ethlete,” Lovell told the Oregonian/OregonLive.
In an interview with police after the attack, Javier, 30, admitted she was frustrated with her boyfriend for staying glued to his game. Then, a week before the violent incident, Javier said she had discovered Lovell was unfaithful.
According to the affidavit, she told police she discovered Tinder, the dating app, on his phone. She also noticed scratches on his back, possibly from a romantic encounter. She found red hair in the shower drain – her own hair was dyed green.