Man arrested for choking, stabbing woman

By DeeAnna Haney | May 29, 2014

A Waynesville woman was hospitalized this week after a man allegedly broke into her home and nearly stabbed and choked her to death, according to police.

Waynesville police have arrested 28-year-old Nashon David Willoughby, who they believe carried out the attack on the woman, who was a past acquaintance, said Lt. Chris Chandler.

The attack happened around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when the 38-year-old victim was asleep on her recliner at her home on Smathers Street.

Detectives believe Willoughby quietly snuck into the home through the unlocked doors and took a pair of scissors from the kitchen. He then choked the victim and repeatedly stabbed her 15 to 20 times, Chandler said.

"The victim woke up fighting for her life being choked and beaten at the same time," Chandler said.

The screams from the living room awoke the victim's 13-year-old daughter, who turned the light on in the room and attacked the suspect herself, punching him in the face.

At that time the suspect ended the attack and fled from the house on foot and the teen called 9-1-1. When police arrived, they found the woman lying on the floor covered in blood. Officers provided first aid until EMS arrived and transported her to Mission Hospital.

The victim had perviously taken out a restraining order on Willoughby in New Hanover County, which had since expired.


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