A 25-year-old man is in custody after allegedly stabbing a man with “Pantera claws," described in court documents as a set of 7-inch-long blades attached to brass knuckles.
Nathaniel Gregory Burd is held on a $50,000 bail for a felony count of assault with a weapon.
Missoula police were called to an apartment on the 1200 block of 34th Street on Saturday night after a woman called saying that her neighbor, Ashley Thibert — who had blood on her hands and clothes — told her someone had been stabbed, according to court documents.
Officers found bloodstains and signs of a struggle in the apartment, and found the bloody claw on the floor of the bedroom, according to a court affidavit.
Shortly after 11 p.m., a woman called 9-1-1 to say her brother had sent her a message on Facebook saying he'd been stabbed in the throat. He was eventually found at a convenience store and taken to the hospital for treatment.
An officer found Thibert, 33, and Burd — who also had blood on his clothing — walking together.
In an interview with detectives, Thibert allegedly said Burd and the man who was stabbed were friends, and that Burd was staying with her. She said the three of them had been at her apartment drinking, and that she blacked out and woke up to find the man stabbed.
Thibert, who was arrested on an outstanding warrant, allegedly said she owns the Pantera claw and that it usually hangs on her bedroom wall. She was released after posting the bond for her warrants.