Detectives arrest one suspect, search for others in two stabbings Monday

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Two separate stabbing incidents happened Monday morning and while detectives have arrested a female suspect in one case, they are searching for two male suspects in another.

According to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay, a stabbing occurred in the 5300 block of Market Street at about 2 a.m. Monday, but police were not called to look into the case until later that day.

Police met with the 33-year-old victim at about 12:40 p.m. Monday at Cape Fear Memorial Hospital, where the victim was being treated for a stab wound to his abdomen, Lindsay said.

The victim told police he was walking on Market Street around 2 a.m., when he was confronted by two men. One of the suspects stabbed him and then wrestled him to the ground. The other suspect kicked the victim unconscious while he was on the ground, Lindsay said. The victim later woke up from the incident and took himself to the hospital. His wallet and cash were missing.

Police are searching for two back male suspects with short black hair. One suspect was described as about 6-foot tall and weighing at 170 pounds. The other was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 200 pounds. Both suspects wore dark clothing at the time of the incident. This investigation is ongoing, Lindsay said.

In another stabbing case, Wilmington detectives have arrested a 25-year-old woman who allegedly injured another woman in the 1400 block of Maides Avenue at about 9 a.m. Monday.

The 25-year-old victim was leaving for work when the suspect pulled up in her car and parked behind the victim’s vehicle. The suspect exited her vehicle and began to slash the victim’s tires with a knife. Then, the suspect stabbed the victim several times when the victim approached her.

The victim was able to get the knife away from the suspect, Lindsay said. The suspect drove away from the scene and the victim called police.

Alicia Branham
Alicia Branham

The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for several stab wounds to her head and torso. Lindsay said the injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Alicia Branham, 25, was identified as the suspect and arrested later that evening, Lindsay said. Branham has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, simple physical assault, communicating threats and injury to personal property.

Branham was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $151,000 secured bond.