Relief for victims after suspect captured In Knoxville

By: Gabriel Roxas Email
By: Gabriel Roxas Email

A stabbing suspect police say went on the run after cutting off his electronic monitoring bracelet is back in jail tonight.

U.S. Marshals arrested 28-year-old David Erwin Monday in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was charged with assault and burglary. Lexington Police say he stabbed his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend at a home on Forest Park Drive last year. Monday night the victims talked to Newsfirst about the horrifying ordeal and their relief that Erwin has been captured.

The news that U.S. Marshals caught the man Joseph Sachs says stabbed him and his girlfriend last May came as an enormous relief. "It's a huge weight off my shoulders," Sachs said, "You can't even imagine what I've been going through this past week. We've been in protective custody from Tuesday through Friday. We got out this weekend, and we were dreading going back to school today, but after this news, it definitely made the day a lot easier."

It had been a long nine months waiting for David Erwin to appear in Circuit Court to answer the charges against him. When Erwin failed to show, Sachs didn't know what to think until detectives located him. "This morning we were told that they had found him in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was staying at a motel. The detectives had followed an acquaintance of his down to Knoxville and had found him that way early this morning," Sachs said.

Sachs had hoped the chances of Erwin posing a future threat to him were minimal, but he couldn't be certain. "There is that still small sense of insecurity staying by myself always looking in every room of the house when I get home and just making sure everything is right."

Sachs says investigators estimate it could take several more days before Erwin is extradited back to Kentucky. At that point he'll likely face additional charges for violation of a condition of release.


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