A warrant was issued on Tuesday for the arrest of Elias Singleton, 34, who allegedly was involved in aggravated battery Sunday night, when he entered a residence on 300 South Pennsylvania and assaulted a man with garden shears. Singleton has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the affidavit of criminal complaint, the initial call reported a shooting. When officers arrived, they discovered that the victim had already been taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. A detective from the Roswell Police Department spoke with the victim, who said a man known as “Dirty” produced a pair of hedge clippers and “tried to cut his (the victim’s) head off.” When the Technical Services Unit processed the scene, the technician found a pair garden shears covered in blood.
“Dirty” was later identified as Elias Singleton by RPD detectives. Officials located a green backpack on the Pennsylvania Street property which contained identification belonging to Singleton.
After speaking with officials, the 47-year-old victim was flown to Lubbock for treatment of severe cuts to his neck. Police searched for Singleton on Monday and issued a release to the media asking for information from anyone who knew something about the incident.
Around 9 p.m., Monday, Singleton attacked a second individual in the 300 block of South Birch Avenue with a knife. Both the victim and Singleton were injured during the second incident. The police reported that the victim was stabbed multiple times.
Singleton was flown to Lubbock for treatment of his wounds, although his injuries were not nearly as severe as first suspected and Singleton was due to be discharged.
According to Lubbock Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Jason Lewis, when hospital staff learned that Singleton had a warrant for his arrest on charges of attempted murder, they notified LPD who went to the hospital to take Singleton into custody. “He attempted to escape,“ Lewis said.
Singleton was subsequently detained by LPD and taken to Lubbock County Jail. “We’re waiting for the Roswell Police Department to come get him,” Lewis explained.
Magistrate Court approved a $100,000 surety bond on Singleton, for the first set of charges. Further charges are pending.