Spencer Ross Pearson (left) is accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend Madison Schemitz (right) about 15 times (Pictures: WLTV/NBC)
A star high school softball player was allegedly stabbed more than a dozen times by her ex-boyfriend at a restaurant before he started slitting his own throat.
Madison Schemitz, 17, and her mother Jaclyn ‘Jacki’ Roge, 43, were at a sports bar in Florida when they saw Spencer Ross Pearson, 18, sitting at a table nearby, according to an arrest warrant from the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office. Madison had broken up with Pearson a couple of months prior.
The mother and daughter were at Mr Chubby’s Wings in Ponte Vedra Beach on Saturday meeting friends and left the establishment to avoid Pearson. When the pair reached the parking lot, Pearson allegedly grabbed Madison from behind and stabbed her about 15 times, police said based on a witness account.
Roge tried to stop Pearson and he allegedly slashed her in the head and leg, states the warrant obtained by The Florida Times-Union. A bystander intervened and was able to disarm Pearson, but was also hurt in the scuffle. Then Pearson reportedly cut his throat and tried to kill himself.
Spencer Pearson (right) with his ex-girlfriend Madison Schemitz (left) in a photo from his Instagram page (Picture: Instagram/@spencerpearson_)
Pearson has been charged with two counts of attempted premeditated murder as well as one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon leading to a permanent disability, according to the warrant.
Madison was left paralyzed from the attack, her sister Tatiana Cruceta told WTLV.
On Monday, Roge said in an update to a GoFundMe page set up for them: ‘I am about to go into surgery, my muscles were severed from the bone on my hand. Madison has 2 chest tubes and a spinal cord injury but she’s a fighter, just please continue praying for her.’
The stabbing happened outside of a restaurant in Ponte Vedra Beach where the softball player and her mother spotted the girl’s ex-boyfriend (Pictures: NBC/WLTV)
The student-athlete’s family are hopeful she will have a full recovery.
‘Madison is a rising senior at PV High and a star softball player,’ states the GoFundMe page. ‘Madison is a sister to five siblings and she will have a long road to recovery as she is in critical condition at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.’
The fundraiser had garnered more than $113,000 as of Wednesday night.
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High school softball player Madison Schemitz had broken up with the suspect a couple of months ago.