Stabbing, chase leads to schools being placed on heightened security


by Sherrell Hubbard

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 10:15 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- An argument inside a car on Algonquin Parkway ended with a woman being stabbed. The incident also caused two Louisville schools to be under heightened security.

The stabbing happened Thursday morning, June 5, at the Valero gas station near the 3300 block of Algonquin Parkway.  Police say a man stabbed his girlfriend, pushed her out of the car and drove off.

An employee at the gas station heard the fight then sprang into action after the woman was stabbed.

"She said I've been stabbed, I’ve been stabbed,” Gas Station Attendant Marty Patterson said. “She told me her chest, her back and her hand.” 

Patterson and a nurse put pressure on the woman’s wounds until paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to University hospital where she is being treated for minor stab wounds.

Patterson said the man forced the woman out of the car and sped off.  LMPD Spokesperson Alicia Smiley says the suspect took police on a short pursuit near Pleasure Ridge Park High School, causing the school to secure students and staff inside the building.  Jefferson County Public Schools sent a letter home to parents saying the following: “We activated our security plan and went into lockdown mode.” 

Nearby Greenwood Elementary was placed on heightened security as well. Here is the letter they sent home to parents.

The plans were activated around 10:25 a.m. and lifted by 10:55 a.m.  In the meantime, PRP Junior Johnathan Stam called his parent to pick him up. 

Stam says “A lot of kids came in running, saying I want to call my mom, I want to go home.”

The man wrecked his girlfriend’s near Greenwood and Daffodil.  Police said he hit a parked car and a tree.  He is being treated for a gash to the head. Police say the suspect will be charged as soon as he is released from the hospital.