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Police: Escaped mental patient sliced his father's neck

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LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police arrested the mentally ill man accused of killing his 91-year-old grandfather and attacking his father and his father's roommate.

According to police, officers arrested 43-year-old Steven Woodard Wednesday morning. According to the police, Woodard denied harming anyone and said he heard voices in his head. He stated he was "the devil." Police had been looking for Woodard since Tuesday, when his grandfather was found dead and his father was attacked and seriously injured.

According to the arrest report, Woodward's father, Jerry Woodard, told police Steven Woodard came to his home near Charleston Boulevard and Maryland Parkway Tuesday and accused him of "trying to kill his children." Steven Woodard attacked his father with a box cutter, slashing him across the neck. He is accused of also cutting George Cordova's neck, Jerry Woodard's roommate.

Woodard told 8 News NOW that if he had been home alone he "probably would have been dead."

He also said his son has schizophrenia and a history of drug use. Woodard also says the problems became worse after his son went through a divorce.

Hours after the attack at Jerry's home, Steven Woodard's grandfather, Richard Hill, was found dead in his home near McLeod Drive and Hacienda Avenue from what appeared to be a deep cut to his neck. Hill's caretaker arrived for work but called police when she couldn't him to answer the door.

Investigators found a broken knife handle and a blade close to Hill's body. They also say there were defense wounds on Hill's hands and arms.

 A witness told police, he had seen Steven Woodard hanging around his grandfather's house on Monday evening.

 Jerry Woodard told police there had been a long history of violence by Steven against him. He said, his son had returned from Oregon a few months ago after attempting to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge.

Records unearthed by 8 News NOW found that Woodard lived in the Las Vegas valley from 1990 to 2003. He divorced in 2002. Before that, the couple filed for bankruptcies in 1995 and 2002.

He also had a string of civil judgments against him ranging from $370 to more than $2,900. Later he was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery in Virginia, but those charges were dropped. He also faced charges in Arizona and Oregon, however, the charges in Oregon were dismissed.

The officers who found Woodard Wednesday were conducting a "proactive patrol" for the suspect near Charleston Boulevard and 17th Street. They found him at around 5 a.m. sleeping behind a vacant residence near East Charleston Boulevard and Chapman Drive.

He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on one count of open murder and two counts of attempted murder.
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