Cloquet woman accused of stabbing described as 'extremely delusional'Amber Rae Stonemark, 26, faces felony charges of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault. She's accused of assaulting a man with a straight-edge folding razor after a domestic dispute, and telling police that she's Jesus Christ.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
A Cloquet woman implicated in a razor attack last week was described as “extremely delusional” at her arraignment Tuesday in Carlton County Court.
Amber Rae Stonemark, 26, faces felony charges of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault. She allegedly assaulted Chad Dean Farleigh, 25, with a straight-edge folding razor after a domestic dispute, causing severe injuries to his face, neck, ear and lower right leg.
Police say she told them, “I’m Jesus Christ, I’m going to kill him and send him for eternity to the devil,” when they ordered her to drop the razor.
Public defender Jeremy Downs said Tuesday that Stonemark suffers from schizophrenia and possibly other mental health conditions. He said she was released from treatment just 10 days before the incident and apparently had not been on her medication in recent days.
Downs argued that Stonemark’s condition requires she be placed in a mental health facility rather than in jail so she can get the help she needs.
But County Attorney Thom Pertler requested $250,000 bail on Stonemark.
Judge Dale Wolf ordered a no-contact order between Stonemark and Farleigh and set bail at $55,000 (or $5,500 cash). Stonemark remains in custody at the Carlton County Jail and is scheduled for her next court appearance on May 11.
According to the complaint, Cloquet police were dispatched about 11:30 p.m. Friday to a home on the 900 block of Carlton Avenue West after reports of a fight on the steps at the back of the residence.
Sgt. Carey Ferrell of the Cloquet Police Department was nearby and responded within one minute. He came upon a woman covered in blood and wielding an old-style straight-edge folding razor, trying to stab an already bloody man lying on his back.
When Ferrell ordered the woman to drop the knife, she refused and told him she was Jesus Christ and she was going to kill Farleigh “and send him for eternity to the devil.”
Ferrell tased her in the chest from a distance of about six feet. Other officers arrived, and, when they asked Stonemark to identify herself, she said, “You do not recognize me. I am Jesus Christ your savior.” She was transported to the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center, where she reportedly remained in a state of rage.
Farleigh told police that he had gone to Stonemark’s apartment just before the assault and noticed that she had methamphetamine and hypodermic needles and syringes in her apartment. He said he flushed the meth down the sink and destroyed the needles, at which time he said Stonemark became irate and attacked him with the razor.
Farleigh escaped and ended up on the deck of a nearby home at Carlton Avenue West, where the homeowners were just putting their small child to bed.
“The male resident reported he heard screaming,” Cloquet police Detective Darrin Berg said, “and when he looked through the kitchen window, he saw a woman straddling a guy on the deck with a razor in her hand. The neighbors had heard it, too, and they came over and tried to stop her while one of the residents called 911.”