York Co. man stabbed wife with sword disguised as cane

Credit: York County Sheriff's Office

Phillip Demdro Perry


by WCNC.com and The Charlotte Observer


Posted on January 23, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 1:39 AM

YORK, S.C. -- A York County man is in jail Wednesday accused of stabbing his wife in the stomach with a sword that was disguised as a walking cane.

The victim told deputies she was lying in bed when the attack began and that she tried to fight off her husband.

Phillip Demdro Perry, 63, of McConnells, is charged with attempted murder in the attack.

The York County Sheriff’s Office said Perry’s wife called 911 just before 1:15 a.m. Wednesday to say her husband was trying to stab her. At one point during the call, authorities said Gercene Perry began screaming and put the phone down.

The dispatcher then heard yelling in the background that someone had been stabbed, according to a police report.

Deputies arriving at the home on Ginn Road found Phillip Perry walking down the street away from the residence. He had a “large amount of blood” on his clothes, and injuries to his head and left hand, according to the police report.

Meanwhile, another deputy went the Perry home where they met a 23-year-old woman who said her mother had been stabbed. Another woman, the victim’s niece, was standing outside the door of the master bedroom holding a large chef’s knife. The woman dropped the knife when ordered by the deputy.

In the bedroom, Gercene Perry told deputies that she had been asleep when her husband entered the room after breaking in through the back door and “struck her in a chopping motion.”

The woman said she tried to fight off her husband, and hit him over the head with a portion of the sword. But he then stabbed her in the stomach before fleeing the scene, according to the police report.

Authorities say that after Phillip Perry fled the home, someone inside the residence covered the sword to try to hide the weapon in case Perry returned.

Gercene Perry was treated at the scene, then transported to Carolinas Medical Center Main in Charlotte.  She is expected to remain in the hospital for several days.

Phillip Perry also was taken to a local hospital for treatment for his injuries, but was later sent to the York County Detention Center.

Family friend Ella Baccus picked up the victim's grandchild, 4, because her mother and grandmother reamin at the hospital.

“It happened to a nice quiet church going person. She did not deserve this,” Baccus.  “I was really shocked and surprised. It’s disturbing when somebody breaks in the house coming in when you are not expecting in bed. That’s really shocking.”

The 4-year-old said 'I love you grandma' into the NBC Charlotte camera on Wednesday, clutching a teddy bear.  She remembers hearing loud noises and even at her age seem to know that her grandma got stabbed.

The victim's daughter told NBC Charlotte that Phillip Perry had a restraining order against him after a similar domestic assault last summer.  The couple had been married for three years, and they were not living together.

In addition to the attempted murder, Phillip Perry also is charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.  He was denied bond and may face breaking and entering charges, officials said.