Would-Be Rapist Attacks Deputy's Wife, So She Starts Stabbing Him With His Knife

Stephen Purcell attacked a deputy's wife at her home, just after getting out of jail.

Lawrence County, TN - A would-be rapist was stabbed with his own knife after he attacked a Lawrence County Sheriff's deputy's wife, tied her up, and ripped off her clothes.

The incident happened Thursday afternoon when the 25-year old woman was home alone, according to WKRN.

31-year-old Stephen Purcell hid his vehicle near the deputy's residence, and then sneaked over to the house.

Captain Adam Brewer said that the deputy's wife heard noises, so she opened her garage, and found Purcell in her garage wearing a mask.

That's when Purcell started beating the 5-foot 3-inch, 100-pound woman.

"He was striking her in the face with his fist, ended up on top of her at one point and eventually pulled a knife, holding it to her throat, she was able to fight him, and get the knife away and stab him a couple of times, once in the side of the head," Captain Brewer said, according to WKRN.

Purcell was able to zip tie her hands and ripped off her clothes. She was able to escape during the attack and run to a neighbor for help.

That's when Purcell called 911 and pretended to be a witness to the attack.

Purcell changed his story later and claimed that two masked men coerced him to attack the woman. There is no evidence to support his claim, but there is plenty of evidence that he committed the attack.

Purcell had the knife used in the attack on him at the time of his arrest.

He also had bite marks from from the attack.

The police are investigating if the attack was retaliation against the deputy.

"He and his wife are family, to have to go through this, she is a remarkable young lady. She really is. She fought for her life. She is a small lady, but she has a lot of fight a lot of spunk," Sheriff Brown said, according to WKRN.

It was later learned that Purcell had bonded out of jail just hours before the attack. He had been arrested multiple times in the past year for crimes like robbery, kidnapping, and rape.

After hearing about Purcell's criminal history, people started to blame the sheriff's office for letting him out of jail. They responded openly to the criticism, saying:

First and foremost, let us make it clear, OUR DEPARTMENT DOES NOT SET BONDS. Bonds are set by a presiding magastrate or judge based on the charges at hand and any other relevant circumstances at that time.

Secondly, OUR DEPARTMENT DOES NOT SENTENCE SUBJECTS. A sentence an individual is given again comes from a judge, sometimes in coordination with the district attorney's office in the instances of a plea deal etc.

If you disagree with a bond amount or the sentence on a given case, we strongly encourage you to address that with the judge, magistrate or district attorney responsible for it, not our department.

Our officers are just as frustrated as the general public when we see repeat offenders or offenders with serious charges back on the streets days after we arrest them, but there is little we can do besides keep arresting them.

Further, our officer's jobs are already tough enough without having to read this kind of misinformation constantly on social media. So please help us inform the public by sharing this post.

Purcell has been charged with five new felonies including attempted first degree murder, attempted aggravated rape, and aggravated kidnapping. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

Do you think that the courts go easy on violent felons? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

Comments (45)
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JBo
JBo

5'3" and 100 pounds of courage!

Jsmoe
Jsmoe

Yes I see it time and time again. Someone’s out on probation for assault 1st and then ends up killing someone. Shocked.

angeleyes
angeleyes

yes, the court does go too easy on criminals. Either lazy, couldn't care less or fed up with their job. Need to prioritize violent criminals lock them up, nonviolent criminals set lower bonds. So simple. duh. if judges are too lenient, vote them out.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Too many liberal judges that think these pos’ just need to be hugged and told to never do that again. As law enforcement we know that these people commit much more crime then we can catch them at and then after all the plea bargains on the first half a dozen or dozen crimes they get caught, before some judge will finally send them to prison. That is not counting the probation violations or the parole violations that never amount to anything. Violent criminals belong locked up!!! What is so hard for judges to understand??

mistydcollins
mistydcollins

This gal is incredibly BRAVE and TOUGH! She is my hero!!

Katarina
Katarina

Brave and tough lady! Now find a firearm you like and learn to use it! I also like the sheriff dept's response to public criticism. People complain about what they do (or don't) constantly without knowing what they are talking about. Very educational response. Talk to those responsible!

Bstn199
Bstn199

Somewhere during the past 15-20 years, victims rights became 2nd to the suspects rights. Govenors, etc in states became more concerned about prisoners "feelings", overcrowding in jails & prisons became a reson for them to change felony sentences (just look at CA), Judges jumped on board and became extremely leinent when handing out sentences to repeat offenders, etc ALL taking so called pity on criminals (violent offenders), thus saying the victims have no rights for safety, for their trauma caused by the felon and also saying the general, law abiding citizens have no rights of protection from these repeat felony committing scum bacause time & time they are releasing these men (and women) who go right back out & committ same crimes but a lot of times murder victims so that victim cant speak out agaist him in next court case, absolutly insane our Judges, govenors, Mayors, etc have put violent felons so-called rights before all others when violent felons dont care about their victims rights or safety.

Mrs10
Mrs10

EXCELLENT response, fellow LEO Wife! I've always told my husband that if I were ever attacked I'd make sure that people were pulling ME off of the assaulter not the other way around 😁

MyRightsMyGun2
MyRightsMyGun2

Absolutely the courts go easy on violent felon. I agree its tough read criticism against yourself but the blame list is longer than a given sheriffs department. The judges are to blame. The prison system is to blame. Local politicians to those departments are to blame. Last but not least is also the activists that say CRIMINALS rights are as or more important than the everyday citizens rights, are to blame as well!

MzB
MzB

OMG! I'm so glad she is okay! Considering the situation, I do believe this criminal shouldn't ever be free! He's had his second chance, he blew it by entering the garage of this "helpless" woman! So, glad she showed him he was wrong! He is a risk and shouldn't be part of our society!

V8LEE
V8LEE

The Court's are too lax in their sentencing for criminals like this guy. Personally I'd like to go back to the days of old where after the sentence was handed down that the criminal was to be punished by hanging. I'd like to see them go back to hanging the criminal on the Courthouse lawn and have it televised. I guarantee that more criminals would think twice before committing a crime if they saw what would happen to them. It may seem hsrsh to some of you but if you compare the statistics from the 1800s and now, you'll find that there was a lot less crime, a lot less because nlobody wants to die from being hung. They'd rather sit in a cell, do as they please, get 3 square meals a day, a roof over their heads, P.T. in the yard and, if desired, be able to get a degree from college (on our money) 99while serving their time for free while the rest of us pay for our educations. The Courts make money on every person they house. Stop the corruption and go back to the old fashioned way of enforcing the laws. I think that you'll find that the crime rates will drop if they saw what would happen to them.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Not only are the courts freeing people who should be in prison but also a past president. Obama has commuted the sentences of 562 federal inmates, more than the previous nine presidents combined. Most of these inmates were in on drug charges but a fair number of them were also convicted on being a felon in possession of a firearm.

There are certain crimes that should automatically mean life in prison if convicted. A rapist of pedophile are almost guaranteed to recommit those crimes again when released from prison.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I honestly agree with everything that was said by those before me here. Victims rights have been done away with and perps's rights have become paramount. NOT the way it should be.

cspcapt
cspcapt

no off duty weapon?

Helen Hendrickson
Helen Hendrickson

Knowing our liberals in control I wouldn't be surprised that someday the b.st.rd will be out again! He should be castrated! Not neutered but old fashioned castration!

AmyHaupert
AmyHaupert

The judges, prosecutors and all that goes with them are part of the problem with crime today.

Skidoo
Skidoo

I'm relieved that she wasn't raped and killed given this Bozo's history. If he's let out again you can bet some other woman will have to fight for her life.

Budman
Budman

Magistrate dont now how to set bonds. Poss Meth charge $3,000 secured bond. Out on a $300 bond through a bondsmen!! WTF!!

FishEggMan
FishEggMan

This time, I HOPE he is held without Bond. He needs to NEVER see freedom again as he obviously does not know how to use it without committing additional crimes against people!

Mimi54
Mimi54

It does seem judges are the problem, can't find one that hits theses criminals hard enough!

investigator
investigator

People......PLEASE, before you vote for a JUDGE, find out what his positions are!?? I am a retired investigator and saw the idiocy of what some Judges did allowing VIOLENT offenders out on minimal bonds, who did the same thing THIS fool did!! And don't forget the Prosecutors, who are responsible for protecting the PEOPLE against criminals, sometimes requesting ridiculously low bails, which often allows perpetrators to run right out and DO IT AGAIN!!!

Bulldog
Bulldog

@investigator I totally agree that judges don't hand out High bail amounts for some violent criminals. I used to be a probation officer in Massachusetts and I would see 4 + 5 repeat arrests and still get out on RoR. Some of these guys new me as a tough but fair probation officer and even I would get pissed at the judges 4 the RoR or the low Bell . Then their girlfriends would come to court with the renta kids. The women figured out how to get the guys out by bringing 3 or 4 kids that weren't even there to show the judge that he needed to be let out to support the family or some such bullshit. And this was 30 years ago

mollynewlon
mollynewlon

Just come to San Francisco if you want to see felons on the streets. It is horrible and dangerous. Whenever I see a police man or police woman, I make the point of thanking them for trying to keep our SF streets safe in spite of the fools in government here.

Celtic Gyrl
Celtic Gyrl

It’s way past time judges were held accountable for their lax enforcement of the judicial consequences crimes are mandated to be given. I am sick of the catch and release of violent felons while marijuana possession gets maximum jail time! It’s absurd. I’m also sick of the bias of excusing black perpetrators by liberal judges because somehow society owes them something. Don’t get me started on places like California who would rather release a violent felon illegal alien back into the public than follow the law and release them to ICE. Our country was founded on law and order but our justice system has been hijacked by Social Justice idiots who think a hug and a pat on the back and all’s forgiven will turn these criminals to the good side. Here’s a clue...it ain’t working!

BlueLady
BlueLady

Would often wish that it be mandatory, that ALL judges go on a ‘ride-a-long’ with the local Police / Sheriffs at least once a month on either a full moon or Mother’s Day ( the day the welfare checks came out) maybe it would open their eyes to what the LEO’s face on a day to day basis.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

It's a Sad fact that Liberalism, Political Correctness and the Leftist' Idiology have RUINED THE WORLD!!!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Blaming the police again for something that isn't their fault.....I am sure there are lot of criminals that police wish they could keep behind bars but the judge says they have to let them go....and BTW, kudos to the wife...I know I'd hate to get her pissed off at me!!!

Proofwhenasked
Proofwhenasked

If a Million Dollar Bond was Just that 1 Million and not only a % of the Millions needing to be paid that might help, and the ability to leverage property and other items is not good, often its a caring friend or family member who looses there homes a bond should be on the persons head if you want to loan him a million dollars that million dollars should be placed at the time of release into a fund and if he flees then you lose it and cannot go to his family or anyone to pay your loss, the idea he has to pay you a % of the money is a bad Idea too, perhaps looking and the Bonding Idea harder is needed the law is a business for money and nothing to do with protecting the people

Jimhilton911
Jimhilton911

The longer this animal spends in a cage the better for society. The potential victim did a fantastic job!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I agree with Blue Lady, judges, dist. atty's and defense atty's need to go on ride alongs. I would add 2 things to this. The ride alongs happen in the hot summer months like now and that the person granting/suggesting low bonds, out on their own recognisence be sure to have them under house arrest in their homes, not back out into society. Bunch of idiots who live in gated communities and have armed guards with them.........

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

This is the part where I would say oh gee another white guy surprise surprise.

barefo0t
barefo0t

Pull your pants back on, asswipe. No sympathy for the woman, eh ? does your mother know you write stuff like that ? I dare you to give me her phone number.

GForce48
GForce48

Another "animal" that has served notice upon society that he does not deserve the right to walk among us freely ever again!

C911
C911

This is exactly why a Leo’s addresses should never be made public!

antioch_jeff
antioch_jeff

I know, because people from other races NEVER commit any crimes. I could be a little more specific, but I don't want to me mean, or make you look even more dumb.

antioch_jeff
antioch_jeff

Mommy and Daddy have probably been bailing him out. a Don't be surprised if they do it again. If they have the money or want to put their home up as collateral, then probably will.

Shyanne
Shyanne

Remember brothers and sister these are the people the Democrats want to give the right to vote and those in prison.

MrLEEJr
MrLEEJr

CORRECTION, Dems want to give MEN?WOMEN their right to vote once they FINISH THEIR TIME

audreyjane
audreyjane

should have left that knife in his head!

Radical1
Radical1

Let me have a half hour in his cell with him. Absolutely guarantee there will be no trial needed for this scumbag!

Rcjeep4x
Rcjeep4x

I'm ashamed for the justice system in that county for allowing this man to free to re-offend to this degree. The victim would've of died if she didn't fight for her life. I'm curious what other races were punished for similar type offenses. Not trying to be racists so don't even go there.

Scurvydog
Scurvydog

This man needs to be dead. He is clearly not responding to incarceration and attempts to teach him the consequences of his actions. Of course, up to now there haven't been any real consequences, have there? That is definitely a liberal outcome to a very dangerous problem, and it happens over and over again all over the country. It's past time to end liberal, touchy-feely, solutions to serious criminal problems!

ColoradoLEO
ColoradoLEO

She needs to be carrying a gun and willing to use it.