September 21, 2021 10:40

Man follows woman home and stabs her after road rage incident

Michael S. Mahan (Ocean County jail)

Jeff Goldman

A 38-year-old man followed a woman to her Jackson home and stabbed her following a road rage incident Saturday before leading police on a chase in which he crashed into two other cars before being arrested, authorities said.

Officers were called to a home on Maria Street about 4:50 p.m. where they learned that a man later identified as Michael S. Mahan punched the woman and threatened to kill her as he held a knife to her, Jackson police said Monday. Mahan then slashed her face and fled when a neighbor intervened and called 911, officials said.

Police got a description of Mahan’s vehicle and pulled him over on Old Toms River Road. When the officer got out of the patrol car, Mahan speed away, though, according to police.

When Mahan tried to turn onto West Veterans Highway, he swerved into the other oncoming lane and struck a vehicle near the intersection.

A short time later, the speeding Mahan rear-ended another car on West Veterans Highway and ran the vehicle off the road into the woods across from the Switlik School, police said. Mahan made it another 500 feet before his car broke down and he was taken into custody.

Police later learned Mahan threatened another resident after parking in front of the man’s house before the stabbing.

Mahan, of Ewing, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, two weapons offenses, terroristic threats, eluding, six counts of aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to breath testing and other motor vehicle offenses. He also faces charges for making threats before the stabbing.

The stabbing victim was hospitalized while the drivers of the vehicles Mahan struck were treated for minor injuries, police said.

Mahan is being held at the Ocean County jail ahead of a first appearance in court.

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