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Jul 08, 2021

Man Charged with Attempted Murder After Slashing Woman’s Face in Jackson

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on July 7, Michael Mahan, 38, of Ewing Township, was indicted by a Grand Jury sitting in Ocean County on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, eluding, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, terroristic threats and assault by automobile in connection with a series of events that transpired in Jackson Township on May 8.

On May 8, Jackson Township Police Officers responded to a 911 call for a report of a stabbing incident on Maria Street. Responding officers discovered a female with a large slash across her face. An investigation conducted by the Jackson Township Police revealed that the female victim had been followed to her residence by Mahan.

Mahan held a knife to the victim’s neck, threatened to kill her and then proceeded to slash her face. As a neighbor intervened and called 911, Mahan fled the area. Mahan’s vehicle was observed by officers traveling on Toms River Road.

A pursuit was initiated, and Mahan fled at a high rate of speed. As Mahan was attempting to navigate a turn onto West Veterans Highway, he struck another vehicle. As he continued traveling at a high rate of speed on West Veterans Highway, Mahan’s vehicle collided with yet another vehicle – forcing it off the road. Mahan’s vehicle traveled approximately 500 more feet before it became disabled.

Mahan was subsequently taken into custody without incident.

The female victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, and the occupants of the two vehicles were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Further investigation revealed that Mahan had approached a female homeowner in her driveway earlier that day, brandishing a knife. Mahan retreated after being confronted by the female victim’s husband and their pet dog.

Mahan has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail since his apprehension.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer acknowledged the efforts from the following agencies: Jackson Township Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, as well as Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni who is handling the case on behalf of the state.