A pregnant woman with toddler in tow was viciously stabbed by a man while walking along a Brookhaven greenway last weekend- and police managed to bring him to justice after a three-day manhunt.
The woman, who was five months into her pregnancy, was walking along the Peachtree Creek Greenway near Corporate Boulevard when she was approached by the man, identified as a black male via CCTV footage.
Though the mother attempted to escape with her toddler and unborn child, she was stabbed and left to succumb to her wounds.
“They were approached by a young, male stranger and tried to go around him minding their own business. It was at this moment the man pulled a knife out and stabbed [the mother] in the back many times in front of her son,” wrote a friend of the victim on a GoFundMe Campaign.
“From everything we can tell, this is a completely unprovoked attack,” BPD Lt. David Snively told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I recognize that’s probably the scariest of the possible explanations… We’re very troubled by what led up to this because this is one of those cases where it appears the victim did everything right.”
The suspect, 30-year-old Christopher Jones, then fled the scene and was arrested Thursday morning at the MARTA Arts Center station. The manhunt took three days.
Snively reported that Jones -who is suspected of being a drifter- has a “documented history” with BPD, and allegedly suffers from mental illness.
While the toddler was not injured in the attack, the victim was taken to the hospital and forced to have a premature birth via C-section.
The victim’s identity has been withheld, though she is said to be a teacher. According to local news, the newborn is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is expected to be there for several months, while the mom is expected to pull through following several days of recovery in the hospital.
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