Camas woman accused of stabbing boyfriend with samurai sword appears in court

Judge sets Emily Javier’s bail at $350,000

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter

A Camas woman made extensive plans to try to kill her boyfriend with a samurai sword early Saturday morning in what police suspect was a jealous fit of rage, a prosecutor said this morning.

Emily Javier, 30, hid her boyfriend’s cellphone and only called 911 after she believed he was dead, Deputy Prosecutor Katie Sinclair told a judge.

Javier’s boyfriend of two years, 29-year-old Alex Lovell, was found inside their shared house with several life-threatening injuries, according to Camas police.

He was last known to be in critical condition as of late Saturday morning, police said. An update on his condition was not immediately available.

Javier appeared this morning in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder. She wore a suicide-prevention smock — given to inmates who may try to harm themselves with standard jail clothing — and tried to hide her face from the media’s cameras behind her dyed blue-green hair.

Judge Bernard Veljacic set her bail at $350,000. Javier did not qualify for a court-appointed attorney, based on her employment history. But Veljacic provisionally appointed Vancouver attorney Chris Ramsay to help Javier address her bail.

She will be arraigned March 13.

Camas police were dispatched at 1:54 a.m. Saturday to a report of a domestic disturbance at 2013 N.E. Garfield St.

Javier called 911 to report that “she had just stabbed her boyfriend with a sword and thought he was dead,” according to a police press release.

As police arrived, Javier was walking out of the house and into the front yard with her hands up, surrendering, police said. She was taken into custody without incident.

Lovell was treated by the Camas-Washougal Fire Department and transported to a hospital.

Detectives served a search warrant at the home and seized a samurai sword and additional knives.

Police said they believe Javier’s attack was motivated by jealousy.

This story originally appeared on The Columbian’s website at 10:51 a.m., Monday, March 5.