A 36-year-old woman was in the hospital this week, after having been stabbed and nearly raped on Monday afternoon.
On Monday, Dec. 19, Delaware State Police troopers arrested Temourise O. Taylor, 30, of Selbyville after he allegedly stabbed the woman west of Selbyville after having his sexual propositions refused by her.
Police were called to the area of Baker Road and Blueberry Farm Road after receiving a report of a woman having been stabbed, with the male suspect, identified as Taylor, having fled in a tan Suzuki SUV with a Delaware registration.
Delaware state troopers, and officers from the Selbyville, Frankford and Dagsboro police departments, began a search and were able to locate Taylor on Route 113, south of Daisey Street in Frankford, within 20 minutes.
Police said Taylor and the victim were acquaintances, and that the victim had visited his home to drop off Christmas presents prior to the incident.
According to police, while at the house, Taylor allegedly propositioned the woman numerous times to engage in sexual activities with him and she continuously refused. The two then left the house, with the understanding that the woman would be returned to her home. However, at some point in the journey, police said, she realized they were not driving in the correct direction.
When Taylor parked the vehicle in a secluded area on Blueberry Farm Road west of Selbyville, the victim exited the vehicle and began to walk away, they said. Taylor allegedly followed the victim and grabbed her by the shirt, which caused her to grab him and hit him in the face in an attempt to get free, police said.
According to the DSP, Taylor then allegedly removed a knife he had on his person and began stabbing the victim in her upper torso. Police said the victim was able to flee from Taylor to a truck whose occupants had witnessed the incident and call police. Upon Taylor seeing the truck, police said, he fled the scene in the SUV and was captured a short time later.
The 36-year-old female victim was transported by EMS to Beebe Healthcare, where she was treated and admitted in stable condition.
Taylor was charged with Attempted Murder 1st, Attempted Rape in the First Degree (the maximum sentence for which is equivalent to that Murder in the First Degree) and Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $250,000 cash bond.
Police are requesting that anyone who has had similar incidents involving Taylor contact Troop 4 Major Crimes Unit at (302) 856-5850. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com. Anonymous tips may be sent by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”