Before the Whitehouse man accused of stabbing a person to death became unresponsive, he allegedly told police officers the victim “tried to kill” him, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Lars Axel Theorine, 51, was arrested Saturday after Michael Shane Reed’s body was found last Thursday on the floor of a duplex at 413 Hanks St. in Whitehouse. Theorine was booked into the Smith County Jail on a $500,000 bond in connection with the death of Reed, 43.

Whitehouse police received a call around 9:35 p.m. Jan. 2 from the adjoining neighbor reporting a verbal disturbance from the other side, the affidavit stated.

Upon arrival, the officer heard a person inside the duplex and saw the door was covered in blood, according to police.

After entering the residence, the officer found two unresponsive men lying on the floor of the living room/kitchen area and what appeared to be blood on the floor, walls and door, according to the affidavit.

When searching the residence, it was determined that one of the men, later identified as Reed, was believed to be deceased with “multiple defensive wounds to his upper torso and arms.” His throat was cut and he had several stab wounds on his back, arm and neck area, according to the affidavit.

Officers tried to communicate with the second man, who was identified as Theorine. As the officer tried to speak with him, Theorine told the officer something like “he tried to kill me,” and then became unresponsive again. He showed signs of life, but was in and out of consciousness, according to the document.

As CPR and lifesaving efforts were underway, a knife with a broken blade and the partial blade were found on the floor to the back of Reed’s body, the affidavit says.

According to the affidavit, Reed and Theorine were the only ones in the duplex and no one called 911.

Theorine was taken to the hospital for medical issues at the time, Whitehouse Police Chief Paul Robeson said at a Friday news conference.

Robeson said Theorine lived in the duplex, but could not confirm if Reed lived there.

Theorine is the owner of Paradise Skating Rink in Whitehouse and Big Kahuna Parties in Tyler, according to his Facebook page.

He has been arrested on various charges in the past, including assault, theft, driving while intoxicated, public intoxication and burglary, according to Smith County Jail records.


I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.

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