Woman stabbed in the neck in Newport News; suspect in custody

Melvin Lewis Brown (Photo courtesy: Newport News Police Department)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A woman was stabbed in the neck Wednesday night in Newport News.

At 7:23 p.m., officers were called to a reported stabbing in the 5800 block of Jefferson Avenue. When police got there, they found a 40-year-old woman with a stab wound to the neck.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with possible life-threatening injuries. She’s now said to be in stable condition.

Police took 55-year-old Melvin Lewis Brown into custody and charged him with malicious assault and strangulation. Investigators say he was known to the victim.