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UPDATE: Arrests made in Craigslist stabbing in Whitfield County

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UPDATE: The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office says three people have been taken into custody for the brutal stabbing of a woman selling a truck on a Craigslist. 

The following is a press release sent by Sheriff Scott Chitwood:

"In reference to the April 26 assault on Mayra Espitia, three suspects have been taken into custody in Rome. During the investigation officers were able to develop and verify some evidence that identified the subject that did the actual stabbing as David Wayne Williams, age 47. Williams last known address is in Walton County, GA. Investigators were able to determine that Williams was in the Rome, Georgia area approximately one hour after Mrs. Espitia had been stabbed. Evidence was presented to a Magistrate Judge late yesterday afternoon and a warrant was issued for Williams on the charge of Aggravated Battery and Armed Robbery. Investigators from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office contacted the US Marshals Service and Rome authorities, and requested assistance in locating Williams.

On April 27, 2016, the Agents from the Marshal Service were searching the residence of Donna Warren (a known associate of Williams) on Baker Drive in Rome when they observed a vehicle fitting the description of a vehicle known to be driven by Warren pull into a driveway close by and saw a male subject jump out and start running. The officers gave chase but were unable to locate the male subject. The female in the car was identified as Donna Warren. The car the two subjects were in is believed to be the car that brought Williams to the Espitia residence. Detectives and Evidence Technicians from Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Rome and obtained a search warrant on the Baker Drive residence and executed it on April 27. During the search, evidence was located indicating Donna Warren was the female that transported Williams to the residence on Serena way. Donna Warren was arrested and charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Commit a Felony (Armed Robbery and Aggravated Battery). Later in the evening David Wayne Williams was located in the area where he had fled from authorities earlier in the day, he was taken into custody. During the investigation detectives uncovered evidence that the brother of Donna Williams (Jerry Wade Warren), also played a part in the incident. Jerry Wade Warren, age 48, of 11 Baker Drive, was taken into custody and also charged with 2-counts of Conspiracy to Commit a felony.

All three suspects have been transported back to Dalton and are being held in the Whitfield County Jail without bond. The stolen GMC Sonoma pick-up has not been located at this time. However; during the investigation today Rome authorities found another vehicle Williams had sold to a Rome resident that had been reported stolen out of Walton County, Georgia. Some documents from our stolen Sonoma were also recovered from Williams."

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PREVIOUS: A woman is recovering after a craigslist ad resulted in her being brutally stabbed, Tuesday.  

Officials with the Whitfield County Sheriffs office say the victim was stabbed while showing a potential buyer her truck she posted on craigslist. After the man stabbed her, he grabbed the keys and took off in the truck leaving her behind, fighting for her life. 

The victim suffered a severe cut to her neck and several stab wounds to her abdomen. She was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery and  at this time she's in stable condition. Sheriff Scott Chitwood is asking residents to be on the lookout for the suspect responsible.

 The mother of two was able to get to the phone and call for help. 

Dispatcher: "Where did he stab you at? Victim: "In the neck I'm bleeding a lot." Dispatcher: "Okay, we've got help on the way, where did he go?" Victim: "He ran away."

Her neighbor heard the truck peel away and ran to help, his wife Tabitha Perish says she is still in shock. 

"She is strong, I guess they were signing papers and he came up from behind her, she turned around and kind of knocked or swatted the knife from his hand," said Perish. 

The suspect took off in the white pickup truck and the woman he came with sped off behind him. 

Dispatcher: "Who is he? Victim: "I don't know."

The victim was able to give the dispatcher a brief description of her attacker. Sheriff Chitwood says he could be anywhere, he is warning others about the dangers of meeting strangers online. 

"You know I think I would just exercise extreme caution anytime you're communicating with people of an unknown origin you don't know who you are dealing with so just be very very careful," said Sheriff Scott Chitwood, Whitfield County. 

The stolen pickup truck is described as a 2001 GMC Sonoma white pickup and the suspect a white male in his mid to late 40s. Officials say the woman he was with, was seen leaving in a dark colored passenger car. If you have any information that can help investigators call the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office 

UPDATE:  The Craigslist stabbing victim is said to be in stable condition following her emergency surgery following the stabbing in Whitfield County, Tuesday.

PREVIOUS STORY: A woman was the victim of a stabbing in Whitfield County this afternoon and the Sheriff's Office is searching for the man it says is responsible. 

Investigators say 30-year-old received a phone call from someone who said they were interested in a pickup truck she was selling on Craigslist.

Investigators say a man and woman showed up to her home on Serena Way. The man got out of the car, but the woman stayed inside.

Investigators say the man was talking to her  about the truck inside her home and when they went outside to take a look at it, the man began stabbing her. He then grabbed the keys and drove off in the truck. The woman who stayed in the car also got away.

The Sheriff's Office is looking for a 2001 white GMC Sonoma pickup truck. The suspect is described as a white male in his mid to late 40s.

Officials say the victim was cut and stabbed in the neck and other areas of her body. She was taken to Hamilton Medical Center where she underwent emergency surgery.

Her condition is unknown at this time.

If you have any information about this case, please call the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office at (706) 278-1233.

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