An LSD experience gone horribly wrong led to the Saturday night murder attempt on a woman in Potrero Hill, according to local media sources.
An Ivy League-educated Stanford University admissions official was arrested Sunday after allegedly stabbing and attempting to kill a woman Saturday night in a San Francisco home. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 26-year-old James Shirvell was arrested for attempted homicide over an incident that they’re classifying as domestic violence. NBC Bay Area adds the additional relevant detail, via "sources," that "the two were experimenting with LSD."
San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Robert Rueca said that since it’s a domestic violence case, he is not able to give any details about the victim or her condition. But NBC Bay Area’s Mark Matthews reported in a follow-up tweet Tuesday night that the victim is “the woman he lives with.” Shirvell’s Facebook profile lists him as living in Menlo Park.
While Shrivell was booked on charges of attempted homicide, domestic violence, and assault with a deadly weapon other than a gun, Palo Alto Weekly reports that “A fourth charge was added on Wednesday morning: assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury.”
Stanford officials were understandably taken aback by the news. “Mr. Shirvell has been placed on leave and will not be coming on campus or performing any admissions work," Stanford spokesperson E.J. Miranda told the Chronicle. "We are continuing to gather information on this matter to inform next steps." His name has been removed from the Stanford admissions website.
Shrivell’s LinkedIn lists him as a 2014 Yale graduate, and says he was hired by Stanford as an Admission Counselor in 2016. Palo Alto Weekly says his bail was set at nearly $1 million.