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Las Vegas pastor stabbed 21 times thanks UMC doctors who saved his life

Posted at 11:14 PM, Jul 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-14 15:30:03-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas pastor is giving thanks to doctors at University Medical Center for the life-saving care he received in March.

Reverend Russ Smethers is an associate pastor at Abundant Peace Church on East Flamingo Road.

According to UMC, he was stabbed 21 times on March 8 when he was rushed to their trauma center.

Today, he thanked the UMC's staff for helping him during his time of need.

According to Las Vegas police, Smether's stepson Todd Williams was arrested after stabbing.

The arrest report for Williams says that Smethers was stabbed with a "dull 8-inch butcher knife."

Williams reportedly has a history of violence and a history of using crystal methamphetamine. He was allegedly drinking the day of the stabbing.

His mother told police that she and Smethers would lock themselves in their bedroom at night due to Williams' actions.

Williams was arrested and charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon and domestic battery with a deadly weapon.

The status of his case is unknown.