A Tobyhanna man and his girlfriend involved in a stabbing attack in Mount Pocono were arrested Wednesday, one day after the man’s ex-girlfriend was stabbed about 10 times outside the Dollar General in Mount Pocono.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police charged Chris Johnson, 24, of Tobyhanna and his new girlfriend, Tammie Green, 28, of Gouldsboro, in connection with the stabbing of Stephanie Joseph, 25, who was identified as Johnson’s former girlfriend.
Johnson and Green, who police said fled the scene after the stabbing, were later caught by police on Route 940 after they stopped in a motel so Green could change her bloody clothing.
Green was charged with the most serious offense, attempted homicide, along with aggravated assault, simple assault and a long list of other offenses, ranging from rioting to possession of an instrument of a crime. Her bail was set at $250,000.
Johnson was charged with rioting, simple assault, tampering with evidence, disorderly conduct and harassment.
Police said Joseph was stabbed in the back, stomach and upper thigh at least nine times, based on observations from ambulance personnel. She underwent surgery for wounds to her intestine and other vital organs at Lehigh Valley Pocono Medical Center, according to court papers.
Joseph’s head was covered with blood and she was having difficulty breathing when police arrived at the scene about 3:15 p.m., police said in court documents. Detectives said they found blood on the sidewalk in front of the front door along with long, black hair and dried blood on the front door handle of the store, police said.
Joseph and her mother, Victoria Dunne, were outside the store where Dunne was loading groceries into her vehicle when the confrontation, which started inside the store with yelling and name-calling, escalated into a fight and then a stabbing.
Dunne told police she saw Johnson hit her daughter in the head "multiple times" while allegedly saying, "I will kill you," court documents state.
At one point in the exchange before the stabbing, Joseph got a two-by-two piece of wood and hit Johnson with it, police said.
As tempers flared, Green allegedly ran to her vehicle and returned with a knife with a three- to four-inch blade and allegedly stabbed Joseph "multiple times" in the stomach and back, police said. Green admitted to police she stabbed Joseph, who she said "kept making comments" and trying to get her to fight, according to court papers.
Police said a review of the surveillance video at the store showed Joseph started attacking Johnson as soon as he stepped outside the store. After being hit several times by Joseph, police said, Johnson threw punches back at her.