Posted By: Camila Orti
A Lincoln man is behind bars after police say he stabbed his wife 14 times in her home.
Lincoln police arrested 31–year–old Robert Haggan for attempted second degree murder, use of a weapon to commit a felony and violation of a protection order. He's accused of breaking into his wife's apartment at 2700 N. 56th Street, just across the street from Wesleyan University, and stabbing her around 5 a.m. Saturday.
Police say the woman drove herself to St. Elizabeth's, but was taken to another hospital to be treated.
Haggan's mother, Mamie Haggan, says she's in shock.
"My son wouldn't do something like that," Mamie said.
Court documents say Haggan kicked in the door and entered his wife's apartment with a knife and bat. The victim told police he started to stab her several times and choked her. Police say she suffered 14 stab wounds to her neck, shoulder, arm and torso.
"When officers arrived, they found that the front door had been forced open and there was a significant amount of blood inside," Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said.
Neighbors living in the same building say the commotion was a terrifying wake–up call.
"The banging, screaming, yelling, pounding went on for 45 minutes, maybe longer," neighbor Cody Beckner said. He lives directly downstairs from where the alleged stabbing happened.
Beckner says the assault woke him up around 2:30 a.m.
"All I could make out was 'stop' and then the male subject, whoever he was, was yelling back at her and it sounded like he was throwing her around," Beckner said.
Haggan was arrested around 11:30 the same morning at his parent's home in north Lincoln.
Police say Haggan and his wife are separated and have a history of violence. They say the wife recently filed for divorce.
Haggan has three prior domestic assault charges, the most recent from last month. Court documents say the victim has an active protection order on Haggan which was served in October. The order prohibits Haggan from any contact with the victim except for visitation with their two children.