On Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, a Newport News man was found guilty of stabbing and nearly killing his girlfriend after she tried to end their relationship last April.
On April 12, 2015, Warren’s live-in girlfriend attempted to break off the relationship with him at a local hotel. She then tried to walk away along Jefferson Avenue but Warren followed her, yelling, and hitting her.
The victim testified on Friday that she already had bruises from a prior assault by Warren and she just wanted to escape his anger, but Warren continued to follow her. At one point a group of men at a restaurant saw the victim’s flight and started to go outside and intervene when the victim and Warren moved out of sight.
A short time later they saw the victim come back with Warren still following and hitting her. The men came outside as the victim began to walk faster and then to cross Jefferson Avenue.
Once she made it to the median, Warren hit her in the head from behind causing her to stumble. The victim ran into traffic to escape Warren. A driver on Jefferson Avenue had to slam on his breaks to avoid hitting the victim. That driver stopped in the road to help her, but drove a short distance away to call 911 after Warren stared at him and began reaching for his waistband.
Another driver saw Warren chase the victim and catch her, going down and over the victim while pumping his arm sideways with his fist toward the victim’s side. Warren stabbed the victim in the side. She was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, lost a significant amount of blood, and suffered damage to the diaphragm and liver from the stab wound.
Warren attempted to flee the scene, taking off his distinctive shirt and throwing it down with the bloody knife. But the various witnesses surrounded him and held him until police arrived. These witnesses were key to arresting and prosecuting Warren and likely prevent her death from serious blood loss.
Warren remains in jail awaiting sentencing, on Jan. 22, 2016, on a charge of malicious wounding. He faces up to 20 years in prison for the brutal attack.