WAUKESHA, Wis. (WITI) -- Waukesha County Sheriff’s officials announced charges Wednesday in connection with a March 10 stabbing that left two women dead and two others hospitalized.
Dominique Roth, 34, and Deidre Popanda, 26, were killed in the stabbing at a residence on Oak Grove Lane near Green Country Road in Waukesha. Two women, 62 and 36 years old, survived.
According to a criminal complaint, deputies were dispatched around 6:45 p.m. on March 10 on a report of a man was “going crazy” and “trying to stab” people inside the home. When deputies arrived at the scene, a woman was found bleeding at the end of the driveway, and another woman was bleeding against a truck.
A deputy shouted into the home, and Adam Roth, 36, stepped out from the upstairs hallway, according to the complaint. The complaint stated he was covered in blood and holding a “large” knife with blood on it. After multiple commands to drop the knife, Roth did as instructed, put his hands above his head and said: “All right, I’m done now,” the complaint said.
Inside the home deputies found Dominique Roth several wounds, repeatedly saying, “Help me.” Fire department personnel arrived at the scene and attempted to stabilize her, but she could not be revived and was later pronounced dead.
Deputies found Deidre Popanda in the bathroom, deceased. A dog was also found dead at the residence.
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According to the complaint, one of the survivors said Roth was “acting obsessive for the last several weeks about the coronavirus.” The morning before the stabbings, she said Roth woke everyone up around 5 a.m., said how much he loved them and that he was sorry about everything that he has said and done to everyone. Before 6 a.m., she said Roth’s behavior was escalating -- he was going to take all of the home’s personal protective equipment to the hospital because “they needed it more.”
During the attack, the complaint stated Roth began looking for a 9-year-old boy who lived at the home. Three of the victims tried to stop Roth, allowing the boy enough to time to run to a neighbor’s house for help.
At the hospital, Roth reportedly said: “The coronavirus was going to get them, so I had to kill them.”
Roth was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, one count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and one count of mistreatment of animals, causing death, use of a dangerous weapon.