Parks man severs relative's hand with Samurai sword

Banbury arrested for attempted homicide

PARKS, Ariz. - Coconino County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) deputies and detectives arrested 21-year-old Dustin Charles Banbury of Parks, Ariz. for attempted homicide of a 33-year-old male relative who also resides in Parks. The arrest occurred after an extensive investigation beginning with a 911 call to CCSO reporting a critically injured victim in a home at Parks at approximately 11 p.m. on Nov. 22.

Upon their arrival, CCSO Coconino deputies found the victim inside his residence with numerous slash wounds from a large bladed weapon to include a severed right hand. Banbury was also present at the residence and was quickly taken into custody without further incident. Medical personnel who attended to the victim included Ponderosa Fire Department and Guardian Medical Transport. After receiving initial medical treatment at the scene the victim was flown to the Flagstaff Medical Center by Guardian Air.

During their initial investigation deputies and detectives learned that Banbury lives in a trailer that is located on the same lot where the victim's home is located. According to statements made by the victim and Banbury, detectives believe that late Nov. 22 the suspect was with the victim inside the victim's home. The victim fell asleep and Banbury walked to his trailer where he obtained a Samurai sword and returned to the victim's home. Once inside that victim's home Banbury found him still in his bed. According to information gathered Banbury began to slash the victim with the sword numerous times.

Injuries sustained by the victim include a severed right hand, a deep laceration to the forehead, and severe lacerations to his upper and lower torsos.

Detectives found the Samurai sword with blood on it laying on the floor of the victim's bedroom. Banbury was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of attempted homicide. The victim remains at the Flagstaff Medical Center and is listed in stable condition. Detectives are continuing this investigation in an attempt to determine the circumstances that led up to the attack and the motive.

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