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Caregiver accused of stabbing man with Sharpie, pushing him from vehicle on I-95


A Florida caregiver is accused of stabbing a man with a marker and pushing him from a moving vehicle on Interstate 95 near Godwin, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident happened just before 4 p.m. on June 26.

The Sheriff’s Office said Arlene Mary Bonitz, 57, from Palm Harbor, was driving south on I-95 with a man whom she provides care and support due to his cognitive delays.

“Bonitz stabbed the victim several times with a Sharpie marker and then pushed the victim out of her car while driving 60 miles per hour,’’ the Sheriff’s Office said in a release. 

Bonitz continued on I-95 for several miles before being involved in a single-vehicle crash, the Sheriff’s Office said. The North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the crash.

The man, whose name was not released, and Bonitz were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The man had a broken pelvis and road rash on his face, hands and legs, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Bonitz was charged Friday with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. She received a $75,000 secured bond. Her first appearance was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

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