A New Jersey man beat and stabbed his ex-girlfriend in Milton on Thursday, prompting an elementary school lockdown and a police manhunt, according to police.
The victim, a 26-year-old Lewes woman, underwent emergency surgery at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes and is recovering, said Milton Police Department spokesman Capt. John Cornwell.
The incident began about 12:30 p.m. when 42-year-old Tyrone Majette of Jersey City, N.J., showed up at the victim’s work in the 500 block of Union Street in search of money, Cornwell said.
Majette and the victim became involved in an argument that culminated with the New Jersey man punching the victim in the head and knocking her to the ground, he said.
Majette then reportedly grabbed the woman’s purse and ran into a shed at a nearby property, where he armed himself with a 10-inch knife.
The victim, who was bleeding from a head wound, fled to the backseat of a nearby vehicle, only to be followed by Majette, who proceeded to stabbed her multiple times in the neck and body, Cornwell said.
Majette then fled the area and discarded the knife, he said.
After police and EMS personnel arrived at the scene, H.O. Brittingham Elementary School – located less than a half-mile away – was placed on lockdown as a precaution.
Milton police and Delaware State Police troopers searched the Milton, Ellendale and Lincoln areas for Majette, who turned himself in to Milton police about 4:30 p.m.
Following his arrest, Majette told police he had been using heroin and complained of chest pains, prompting officers to take him to Milford Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released back into police custody, Cornwell said.
Majette is charged with attempted first-degree murder, robbery, burglary, assault, theft, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, tampering with physical evidence and disorderly conduct.
He is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown in default of a $107,600 cash bond.
During his arraignment, Majette was ordered not to have any contact with the victim, pending his preliminary court hearing.