Knife-wielding man followed woman home, slashed her face, prosecutor says

Knife-wielding man followed woman home, slashed her face, prosecutor says. An Ocean County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a man on charges of slashing a woman he followed to her Jackson home, pulling a knife on another woman and leading police on a chase that ended with a crash, prosecutors said.

Michael Mahan, 38, of Ewing, faces charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault by automobile, terroristic threats and weapons offenses in the fifteen count indictment, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.

The charges stem from a series of violent incidents in Jackson, prosecutors said. Police were initially called to an attack May 8 in the township on Maria Street, where Mahan allegedly followed a resident to her home.

“Mahan held a knife to the [woman’s] neck, threatened to kill her, and then proceeded to slash her face,” Billhimer said in a statement.

Mahan fled when a neighbor intervened and called 9-1-1, according to the prosecutor. Police at the time described the attack as a road-rage incident, but did not disclose more details. The woman was treated for non life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Officers got a description of Mahan and pulled him over on Old Toms River Road when he sped away, touching off a pursuit, authorities said.

As the fleeing suspect tried to turn to West Veterans Highway, his vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed into another car, police said. A short time later Mahan’s car rear-ended another vehicle and ran it off the road into a wooded-area, police said.

Mahan made it about 500 feet before his vehicle broke down and he was arrested, according to police.

Investigators learned Mahan confronted another woman the same day in her driveway in Jackson and pulled a knife, Billhimer said. He took off when the woman’s husband and pet dog arrived, the prosecutor said.

Prosecutors did not comment on a motive for the alleged attacks. It was not immediately clear if Mahan, who officials said remained at the Ocean County Jail, had retained a defense lawyer.

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