Michael Paul Adams, a 27 years old man who allegedly killed an innocent teenager in a brutal stabbing early Thursday morning was arrested and charged of first degree, premeditated murder of 17 years old Elijah Al-Amin. According to the Arizona Republic’s review of court documents, Adams allegedly slit the boy’s throat and stabbed him with a pocketknife at a Peoria Circle K gas station.
The incident happened around 1:00 am when al-Amin went to visit his girlfriend before heading to the circle k. Surveillance footage from the convenience store shows Al-Amin walking into the store, followed by Adams a few seconds later, After Adam allegedly stabbed the teenager, Al-Amin ran out of the store where he collapsed near the gas tanks. He was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead around 2:05 a.m. on Thursday, authorities say. After a brief search, the cops claim they found Adams covered in blood and reportedly admitting he was “involved” in the heinous slaying.
Superior court records say Adams told investigators that he felt threatened by the hip-hop music the teen was playing not the teenager himself—explaining that people who play rap music are a threat to him and his community. Adams reportedly said he was being “proactive, not reactive” because the musical genre makes him feel “unsafe” after rap music listeners attacked him in the past.
Adams, whose criminal history includes theft, disorderly conduct, assault with a weapon and assault on a corrections officer, was released from prison on Tuesday. Adams’ attorney says that he had no access to mental health services after he was released although a statement from an Arizona Department of Corrections spokesperson says that Adams was “not designated seriously mentally ill.”