Man faces attempted murder charge in stabbing of Raleigh woman

From staff reportsOctober 17, 2013 

— A Raleigh woman was reported to be in fair condition Thursday with wounds suffered in a stabbing that led to attempted murder and assault charges against a Winston-Salem man.

Yolanda Purcell, 26, was in WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh.

John Frederick Jenkins, 49, of 5050 Queensway Road was being held in the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 bail for a court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Police charged Jenkins with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury on Purcell at 308 Buck Jones Road.

In arrest warrants for Jenkins, police wrote that he had stabbed Purcell in the chest and back with a “butcher-style knife.”

Purcell and Jenkins knew each other before the incident, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Jenkins was at the scene when police responded to a call about a stabbing about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, and a report indicates they arrested him a little over two hours later.

Purcell had been driven to Rex Hospital, Sughrue said, and EMS then moved her to WakeMed.

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