A rapid decline in the relationship between short-term roommates has left one nursing injuries and the other facing a police investigation.
Transgender Alexa Hoffmann claimed a young man for whom she had done a favour launched a nasty attack on her with a meat cleaver in the early hours of Saturday, February 18, that could easily have left her dead.
The 24-year-old Hoffmann of Kingsland, Christ Church said it all began when she performed a good deed by allowing the man into her home because he was having problems at his place of residence.
“He was a lodger in my home. An ex boyfriend of mine who knew him contacted me and asked if he could stay with me temporarily. I was told he needed to change places of abode because people were stealing his things and he doesn’t want to lose anymore of his stuff. At first I was reluctant, and he was in need, so I decided to take him in,” Hoffmann told Barbados TODAY in recalling the circumstances that led to the incident.
She said the man had agreed to make monthly financial contributions to the household, but kept his promise for just two months, and friendship went downhill from there.
She said the boarder eventually left of his own volition, but, she claimed, upon checking she discovered some of her property missing, and he had left behind some of his own belongings.
Hoffmann said she encountered her former lodger and his girlfriend near her home last Saturday morning, and her attempts to inquire about her missing belongings and to hand over his stuff turned violent.
“I came across him that morning. I also had some stuff he left behind so I tried to return his things to him and find out when he would return mine. He decided to pull a butcher’s cleaver and attack me. I was lacerated about the face and received a sore to my neck,” Hoffmann told Barbados TODAY in an interview, explaining that the young man ignored her when she asked about the missing items, which she said included a mobile phone.
“I went down my step [and] I approached him. We were like two houses down from where I live and he said ‘if you don’t stay away from me, you will get beat bad this evening’. I said, ‘what do you mean by that? The same time he swung around with a meat cleaver in his hand, and I had a switchblade knife in my pocket and I pulled it out. The same time his girlfriend came to stop him and he swing, miss and stroke her in her face.
“He then swing at me and I now have a laceration to my forehead, one on my nose and lip. He also injured me along my neck and shoulder. He nearly killed me,” she recalled.
Hoffman told Barbados TODAY the incident had left her upset, and she called for her attacker to be put behind bars.
“I am extremely angry; that is all I feel, anger. This was somebody I took into my home, I showed him kindness, treated him nice, and he did this to me. He disrespected me and tried to kill me.
“I want him arrested. I want him to pay the consequences for his actions. I don’t care how angry he might have been, and it turned out the cleaver he attacked me with he stole from my house as well. He cannot get away with this.”
When contacted, Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler told Barbados TODAY lawmen were questioning 25-year-old Brandon Coward in connection with the incident.