Local teen jailed after allegedly trying to stab girlfriend in her car

Cary Ashby • May 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM

A New London teenager was jailed Monday in connection with assaulting his girlfriend and later holding her at knife point in Sandusky County.

Matthew Stumpf, 18, of 112 High St., was arrested at a Clyde gas station just after the clerk called 9-1-1 at the victim's request. Authorities reported finding a small Smith & Wesson folding knife on the floorboard of a vehicle near where the suspect had been sitting, police said.

Before the arrest, Stumpf and his girlfriend, a Clyde resident, had been arguing, according to the Sandusky County Sheriff's Office. The victim accused Stumpf of hitting her on the right side of her face as they got into her vehicle and then he reportedly pulled out the knife and tried to stab her.

The woman eventually convinced Stumpf to let her stop at a gas station at the intersection of County Road 175 and U.S. 20. Deputies reported that's when the victim, who appeared to be upset and was crying, entered the store and asked the clerk to call police.

The Clyde Police Department, at the request of deputies, responded to the gas station with three officers. Stumpf was sitting in the passenger seat of a red Chevrolet Cavalier parked at a gas pump.

"The subject bent over and was reaching for the floor. All three of us officers drew our weapons and approached the car ordering the subject to put his hands up. The subject was looking around and at first did not comply," Sgt. Mark Roach wrote in his report.

Stumpf then opened the car door and showed officers his hands. Police ordered him onto the ground and then handcuffed and searched him.

Chief Bruce Gower looked inside the car and found the knife inside a pink bag on the passenger side floorboard, police said.

Stumpf's girlfriend said he had demanded she take him home after he spent the night and while they were at her home, "Stumpf became upset and started punching on her," Roach wrote.

"In his fit of rage, Stumpf cut up her bras and other items at the house (and) pulled the knife on her. They then got into her car so Stumpf could be taken home. Stumpf continued to punch on her in the car four to five times from her house to the gas station and brandished the knife," police said.

Clyde officers determined the suspected domestic violence "started in town and escalated" at the station.

The woman had a swollen and red right eye and had sustained cuts on one ear and her arm, according to the sheriff's office.

A Clyde officer followed the girlfriend from the gas station to her home to take photographs. He reported seeing "several bras on the bedroom floor that were cut in half, in addition to a red sweatshirt and a stuffed animal with a knife related cut through them."

Stumpf was charged with felonious assault and abduction and a misdemeanor count of domestic violence. He must post a $52,000 bond before being released from the Sandusky County Jail.

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