CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A man is in police custody after a 26-year-old woman was discovered with apparent stab wounds at a home on Wickford Court.
Alonzo Payne, 29, is charged with malicious wounding and was arrested on scene Thursday morning.
“He was in denial, he kept saying ‘no, I didn’t do it,'” said Ken Schmutzler, who lives next-door to the home where the attack occurred.
Schmutzler told 10 On Your Side that both the suspect and the victim do not live there; rather, a couple owns the home and has been out-of-town, renting to a man in his sixties.
That man reportedly knocked on Schmutzler’s door around 7:45 a.m. Thursday, asking to use a telephone.
Schmutzler listened as his neighbor called 911, explaining that he had visitors over the night before, and went to bed after having a confrontation with another man.
“The guy told him not to come out of his room, and at that point he went back to his room, then he heard screaming and hollering and he kept his distance from it,” Schmutzler recounted. “This next morning, he wakes up and notices this girl beat up badly and there’s blood everywhere.”
Officers responded and transported the woman to the hospital. Schmutzler said there was a child with her, who did not appear harmed.
Police told 10 On Your Side that no one was reported as having injuries but for the 26-year-old woman.
“Paramedics took the woman on the stretcher and the child,” Schmutzler said.
Neighbors told 10 On Your Side that she may have been pregnant, but police could not confirm that. The woman is expected to recover.
For hours, officers flooded the cul-de-sac.
“I’ve never seen so many police cars in one place,” said Corey Meyer, another neighbor.
As the day went on, the scene died down.
Into the evening, narcotics officers were observed going in and out of the home. The public information officer could not confirm what the officers were looking for, or what they may have found.
Neighbors told 10 On Your Side that there is a lot of “suspicious traffic” seen coming and going from the house.
WAVY’s Liz Kilmer is working to learn more on the circumstances of the incident. Look for updates later tonight.