Anniston police say a man arrested Monday on multiple charges including felony domestic violence stabbed his ex-girlfriend in front of her children as they rode a public bus earlier this month.
Randall O'Keith Morgan Jr., 23, of Anniston turned himself in at the Anniston City Jail on Monday where he was arrested on a felony domestic violence charge, a felony first-degree theft charge, and a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, according to police reports. He was in the jail today, with bond set at $15,500, according to Anniston police Capt. Allen George. He is to appear in court Nov. 18.
George said that between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Oct. 12, Morgan and the victim were arguing at the victim's apartment when Morgan punched her multiple times in the face and in the back of the head. Morgan also held a lit lighter against her back before he left the apartment, the victim said.
George said the victim went to her neighbor's house and called Anniston police to file a report after Morgan left. According to the captain, she did not see Morgan until he boarded the Anniston City Transit System bus she and her three children were riding at around 3:30 p.m.
The bus was heading down Glade Road near Lenlock at the time, the captain said.
According to George, Morgan sat down beside the victim on the bus and tried to talk to her, but Morgan yelled obscenities and jumped from his seat. He then stabbed the victim repeatedly with a knife, George said.
George said after passengers began screaming, 'He's stabbing her!' the driver pulled the bus over and the passengers, including the victim's children, evacuated the bus.
Morgan then took control of the vehicle and fled with the victim still on the bus, George said.
The victim told police that she crawled to the front of the bus and grabbed the knife from Morgan while he was distracted, George said. After the victim grabbed the knife, Morgan stopped the bus and got off, the report said.
The victim told police that she recognized the bus was in Weaver, drove herself to the Weaver Police Department, and honked the horn until the police came outside, George said.
George said the victim was taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment. She suffered from 45 cuts on her right hand, cuts on her chin, left wrist and upper left arm, four cuts on her buttocks and stab wounds in her right shoulder, left upper arm and inner leg. Her right ring finger was also severed, the captain said.
George said today that doctors were able to reattach the victim's finger and that her condition is stable. No one else was injured in the incident, according to police reports.
George said after the bus driver called 911 the victim's children were taken to a neighbor's house by a witness who knew the victim. George said he did not know the ages of the victim's children.
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