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Man crashes car after stabbing
Boro woman stable in Savannah hospital
Leon Donnell Tolbert Jr.

A woman stabbed Monday night remains in a Savannah hospital, while the man alleged to have stabbed her is in jail.

Leon Donnell Tolbert Jr., of Metter, fled the scene after reportedly attacking the 22-year-old mother of his children and was taken into custody after a vehicle crash, said Statesboro police Capt. Jared Akins.

Around 10 p.m. Monday, Statesboro police officers met with the victim at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where she was transported due to stab wounds to her back, he said. The woman told officers the assault took place at Blakewoods Apartments on East Olliff Street, and she identified her attacker as Tolbert, 25, who she said was the father of her children and with whom she had a previous relationship, Akins said.

“She stated that Tolbert forced entry to her apartment, confronted her, and then stabbed her as she fled the apartment,” he said. “Tolbert then left the area in a vehicle. The victim was later transferred to a hospital in Savannah for further treatment due to the trauma of her injuries.”

After Tolbert fled, he was involved in a chase by a Georgia State Patrol trooper, who took Tolbert into custody after Tolbert crashed his vehicle.

As they investigated, Statesboro police Detective Eric Short and patrol officers learned of the GSP chase and subsequent crash, Akins said.

Tolbert faces traffic charges from the state patrol: fleeing/attempt to elude, reckless driving and stop sign violation, according to GSP Post 45 Sgt. Chris Rodewolt, post commander.

Statesboro police charged Tolbert with aggravated assault. He was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he remains without bond as he awaits further court proceedings, according to jail records.

The victim remains in serious but stable condition due to the traumatic injuries, Akins said.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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