At around 2 A.M. on New Year’s Day, a woman was viciously stabbed more than 30 times during what police are describing as a domestic dispute. The violent perpetrator then kidnapped her six-year-old son before fleeing. Thankfully, a nearby neighbor heard the victim’s screams and had already alerted authorities to the situation, so help was on its way.

Emergency medical responders arrived near 77 Natick Street in Hartford after the 911 call. They arrived to find a woman in severe distress and covered with blood. She was immediatlly rushed to the Hartford Hospital in critical condtion. The extent of her wounds required emergency surgery.

Investigators learned that the victim had been inside a vehicle with the violent attacker and her six-year-old son when the incident occurred. The woman had to jump out of the car to save herself, but she was forced to leave her son in the backseat of the car. Investigators quickly issued a nationwide alert for both the missing child and the perpetrator’s vehicle.

A few hours later, the child and car were found abandoned in Worcester. While the child did not appear to be injured, police decided to transport him to a local hospital for evaluation anyway. Officers identified the suspect as 23-year-old Edgar Manuel Maldonado, and an arrest warrant was promptly issued.

Finally, on January 2nd, police caught up to the suspect in New York City. He has been arrested and charged with first-degree assault, attempt to commit murder, risk of injury to a minor and second-degree kidnapping.