Prosecutor: Suspect In Machete Attack Stalked Victim

— The 20-year-old man charged with attacking his ex-girlfriend with a machete Thursday had stalked her following their break-up, a prosecutor said Friday.

Neel Salil Mehta, of 602 Halcyon Meadow Drive in Cary, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, but Wake County Assistant District Attorney Anna Davis said authorities plan to upgrade that charge to attempted first-degree murder.

According to Apex police, Priyanka Kumari, 18, was walking home from a school bus stop Thursday afternoon when she was stabbed by Mehta outside a home at 1837 Venezia Way.

Davis said Kumari suffered wounds to her face, neck and hands and has already undergone at least one surgery at Duke University Hospital.

Witnesses said the assault lasted several minutes, and one person who called 911 said it appeared that Mehta was trying to decapitate Kumari.

A man who lives in the neighborhood, who did not want to be identified, told WRAL News that he saw Mehta stabbing Kumari repeatedly. He said he walked toward Mehta with a two-by-four – he didn’t intervene out of fear for his own safety – but the threat of someone approaching with a board didn’t stop the attack.

Police said that Mehta dropped the knife when officers ordered him to do so at gunpoint and took him into custody.

Mehta was taken by police to WakeMed with minor injuries that appeared to be self inflicted, police said.

Mehta told police that Kumari hadn’t been returning Mehta’s calls, texts or emails, and Davis said investigators determined that Mehta had been sending her threatening emails and had been planning the attack for several days.

District Judge Margaret Eagles set Mehta’s bond $2 million. If he is released on bond, she ordered that he remain under electronic monitoring and that he not have any direct or indirect contact with Kumari and her family.

,The 20-year-old man charged with attacking his ex-girlfriend with a machete Thursday had stalked her following their break-up, a prosecutor said Friday.,The 20-year-old man charged with attacking his ex-girlfriend with a machete Thursday had stalked her following their break-up, a prosecutor said Friday.

A special thank you to our friends at WRAL for helping out with this post.

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