MPD: Man stabs woman in Memphis shelter 'because the devil told him to'

MEMPHIS, Tenn — A woman is clinging to life at a Memphis hospital after being stabbed at a homeless shelter, which is inside a church, according to MPD.

Memphis Police responded to an aggravated assault at Living for Christ Baptist Church on Sunday.

When police arrived, they said the suspect was walking across the parking lot of the location with a silver pocket knife in his hand.

MPD told FOX13 they ordered the Colby Middlebrook to drop the knife and to get on the ground. Once the suspect complied, he was taken into custody where police observed blood on the knife and the suspect’s clothes and hands.

Middlebrook also had a small cut on his right palm.

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According to police, the victim was found inside the gym and had suffered numerous stab wounds to her upper body.

Witnesses told police, the Middlebrook walked up behind the victim and began stabbing her.

The victim was transported to Regional One in critical condition.

Police said Middlebrook said, “the devil got into his head and ordered him to kill that lady.”

Middlebrook is charged with Criminal Attempt Second Degree Murder.