Man accused of stabbing woman found in street with her kids remains jailed

UPDATE @ 7:54 p.m. (May 18): The man accused of stabbing a woman at a residence on Missouri Avenue remains in jail.

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James Lewis Leslie III, 24, is to be in court on Monday. He is in the Montgomery County Jail on two counts of felonious assault.

According to a police incident report, Leslie stabbed the woman in the neck with a steak knife at the residence in the 100 block, but police found her in the middle of the street screaming. She was reportedly covered in blood and heavily disoriented.

“She ran toward me and fell into my arms before falling to the ground,” a Dayton officer wrote in the report.  “The victim then stated that her kids were still in the house.”

The woman was transported to Miami Valley Hospital where she is said to be in serious condition.

There were children in the home at the time of the attack, from 2 years to 5 years old. They were not harmed.

One of the children was spotted running in a nearby alley covered in blood, but it was determined that the blood was from the victim, according to the incident report.

UPDATE @ 9:42 p.m. (May 17): A man suspected in the stabbing of a woman at a residence on Missouri Avenue is in custody, Dayton Lt. Andrew Gillig said.

The suspect is believed to be the woman's husband or boyfriend and the father of one of the two children she had with her when police found her down, in the middle of the street, screaming, the lieutenant said.

According to the preliminary investigation, the woman ran to the intersection of Missouri and Heaton avenues after she was stabbed in the neck.

She had two children with her, one of whom is an infant. The other is younger than 10 years old, Gillig said.

The children were not injured. The woman has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she is said to be in serious condition. The children went with her in the medic unit, Gillig said.

Before the apprehension was confirmed, Montgomery County Regional Dispatch had broadcast to police in the area information about a suspect, said to be covered in blood, who was last seen running on Edgar Avenue.


Police and a medic unit are on the scene of a reported stabbing in the 100 block of Missouri Avenue.

The incident was dispatched about 9:15 p.m. on a report that a woman had been wounded. She was on the ground, in the middle of the street, screaming as our news crew drove up.

We will update as details warrant.

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