Police are investigating the bloody attack of a 44-year-old woman at her home in Hayes Barton last month as a domestic assault.
Police have not said why they think Kevin Chou, 23, assaulted Kristin Chandler Byrd, nor have they said how the two knew each other. Police spokesman Jim Sughrue described the two as being in an “interpersonal relationship.”
Emergency workers transported Byrd to WakeMed in Raleigh late on May 8. She had endured “serious facial trauma” and was found “lying face down in a pool of blood,” according to search warrants made public this week.
Police charged Chou, of Raleigh, with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill and possession with intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance. Police have said previously that Chou used a skateboard in the attack.
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Someone called 911 from Byrd’s home in the 1500 block of Jarvis Street at about 10:10 p.m. on May 8 and hung up before speaking with an emergency dispatcher, according to the search warrants. An officer visited the home and reported hearing muffled noises inside.
The officer went around back and looked through an open window where he saw a man lying next to “another unknown person,” according to an affidavit used to obtain the warrants.
The officer asked the man to come out, but he could not open the door in the rear of the house. The man “dove” out the window and was detained by the officer, who discovered the man “had a lot of blood covering his body,” according to the affidavit.
Police later identified the bloodied man as Chou.
“It was apparent Kevin Chou was acting irrationally and was possibly under the influence of an unknown type of drug,” Raleigh detective J.A. DeHaan wrote in the search warrant application.
More officers arrived and found Byrd, who was barely breathing, DeHaan stated in the affidavit. Investigators also reported that there was “a lot of blood on the walls,” he wrote.
Medical workers eventually transported Byrd by helicopter to UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital because of “extensive facial fractures and other trauma to her face,” DeHaan reported.
Emergency workers also took Chou to WakeMed because of injuries to his hand, according to the search warrant.
Police obtained the search warrants to collect DNA evidence from both Byrd and Chou to compare with evidence found inside the woman’s home. Investigators also seized a Macbook Air computer to look for more evidence, DeHaan reported.