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Vicious knife attack reported in Stafford County

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By KEITH EPPS

A Spotsylvania County man is accused of critically injuring his former girlfriend and himself during a vicious knife attack outside her place of employment Thursday night in southern Stafford County, police said.

Stafford Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur said the attack occurred about 7:18 p.m. near the Sports Performance Institute at 419 Chatham Heights Road. The business, a physical therapy center, is in an office park near a McDonald’s.

Police said the 19-year-old victim, a Spotsylvania resident, was leaving work with other female co-workers and heading toward their vehicles when the suspect, 21-year-old Noel Walker, came up and grabbed the woman.

Decatur said Walker put the victim in a bear hug before throwing her to the ground. Police said he then stabbed her numerous times while onlookers pleaded with him to stop.

Decatur said the woman suffered serious stab wounds all over her body, including her neck and abdomen areas. She was rushed into surgery at an area hospital and was still in intensive care Friday.

Deputy Nick Zotos responded to calls about the incident and saw Walker running away from the injured victim. When Walker saw the deputy, Decatur said, he stopped abruptly and began stabbing himself.

Decatur said Walker cut his own throat and stabbed himself numerous times while Zotos shouted for him to stop. The deputy finally stopped the apparent suicide attempt by incapacitating Walker with his Taser, Decatur said.

He got Walker handcuffed before the suspect was rushed to Mary Washington Hospital to be treated for his self-inflicted injuries.

Walker was also in intensive care Friday, Decatur said, with life-threatening injuries.

Decatur said Walker and the victim had been in a relationship that had recently ended. A witness saw him standing near the victim’s car shortly before the attack.

Walker was charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated malicious wounding. The latter charge carries a potential life sentence.

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