Holmes Beach man charged with attempted murder in stabbing, slashing of roommate

acastillo@bradenton.comMarch 18, 2014 

Helderman

HOLMES BEACH -- A 23-year-old man was charged with attempted murder over the weekend after he stabbed and slashed a woman's neck in an apartment they were temporarily sharing in Holmes Beach, according to police.

Andrew Helderman was found straddling the 31-year-old victim when Holmes Beach police officer Steve Ogline arrived early Saturday, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by police.

According to police, Helderman surrendered after Ogline threatened to shoot him if he didn't stop.

A knife was found lodged in the victim's neck, according to police.

Officials say the victim allowed Helderman to live with her at her apartment in the 300 block of Clark Drive a few weeks ago.

"We are still working on the investigation," said Holmes Beach police Chief Wil

liam Tokajer. "We have also discussed the incident with the State Attorney's Office and are looking for a successful prosecution."

According to a police report, another male roommate who witnessed the attack called 911 about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

"When the defendant actually started to cut and stab the female victim, the male victim grabbed the shower rod from the bathroom and proceeded to strike the defendant numerous times about the head and body in an attempt to make him stop attacking the female victim," police reported.

Helderman lost a chunk of his right ear from the rod strikes inflicted by the other male roommate.

Though the relationship between Helderman and the female victim is unclear in the probable cause affidavit, Tokajer said Detective Sgt. Brian Hall spoke to the victim, who said she and Helderman were dating.

According to the report, the pupils of Helderman's eyes at the time of the incident were "extremely dilated, indicating that he may be under the influence of some type of illegal substance." The report added his eyes had a "wild look in them."

"We believe that he was possibly under the influence of some drugs, but we don't have any evidence to back that up at this time," Tokajer said.

The first officer at the scene reportedly found drops of blood on the floor leading to a closed bathroom door.

"Your affiant kicked the door open and observed the defendant straddling the female victim, who was lying face up in the tub and covered in blood, and ordered the defendant to put his hands up," the report states.

Helderman did as directed by the officer and was led at gunpoint to the apartment living room where a Manatee County sheriff's deputy handcuffed him.

After Helderman was placed in handcuffs, Ogline returned to the bathroom to check on the victim.

"Upon re-entering the bathroom, your affiant immediately noticed a black handle folding-blade medium-sized pocket knife protruding from the right side of the neck area of the female victim with blood starting to pool under it," the report states. The officer reportedly told the victim not to touch the knife "until EMS could get there."

Paramedics removed the knife after they determined it had not hit her cartoid artery. The female victim and Helderman were taken to the hospital. Tokajer confirmed she has been released from Blake Medical Center.

In a phone call with the Bradenton Herald early Monday, the victim's father said her neck and face were slashed and hundreds of stitches were needed to close her wounds.

"The officers that responded did an excellent job in containing the situation and getting medical attention," Tokajer said.

Helderman's mother declined to comment about her son's situation when reached via phone. Helderman was later released from the hospital and is being held without bond at the Manatee County jail. In addition to the initial charges, Tokajer said his office will discuss with the State Attorney's Office the possibility of adding a charge of false imprisonment.

Amaris Castillo, Herald law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter @AmarisCastillo.

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