He told officers he was “the messiah” and his father was a “shape-shifting reptile”

Isiah Gentry, 18, of Tempe, Arizona. [Image credit: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office]

Isaiah Gentry, about to turn 19, was arrested on March 20, 2020 after he stabbed his father 20 times, telling officers that he had intended to kill his father in order to free his body of a "shape-shifting reptile" that had taken control.


During that conversation, he allegedly also told officers that he was "the messiah" according to Arizona Central.


He was transported to the Valleywise Health facility for mental health treatment shortly after that arrest and was just returned to police custody on March 11.


Gentry has been charged with one count of attempted murder in the first degree and aggravated assault. He is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond and is due back in court on March 17.


Gentry is said to have attacked his father in their home by first hitting him in the head with a statue.


He then began to beat the man in the head and torso before producing a steak knife from his pocket and beginning to stab him 20 times in the stomach, arms, legs, torso and back.


His father managed to get away and escape out the front door of the home, but Gentry followed him and the fight continued. Eventually though, his father managed to break away and get to a neighbor's house for help.


Gentry went back into the house, stripped, and showered to wash off the blood.  His father survived the attack.