MANHUNT ENDS: Carroll Stabbing Suspect Arrested

The man at the center of a day-long manhunt in Carroll has been found and arrested.

Police say 25-year-old Christine Burtnett was stabbed by her boyfriend, 27-year-old Mark Lee at about 7 a.m. Friday at 1308 North Main Street.

A neighbor told Channel 13 a woman covered in blood came to her house and pounded on the door asking for help.

“She was bloodied, had dried blood all over her face. She was very hard to understand. She could hardly talk, she couldn’t catch her breath,” neighbor Amy Carpenter said.

1_mug_Lee_MarkThe neighbor called 911 and said Burtnett told her she was stabbed Thursday night and had been trapped in the basement but was able to escape when the man who stabbed her left for work.

Burtnett was flown by air ambulance to a Des Moines hospital with stab wounds to her upper chest. Police say she is in a stable condition.

Officers tried searching for Lee at his workplace Friday morning and saw him about a block away from the business but he took off on foot and got away from police.

Officials locked down public schools in Carroll while the hunt for the suspect got underway. Schools dismissed on time but police were in full force making sure the bus routes were safe.

As the manhunt carried on into the afternoon, police told residents to be on the lookout.

“Our advice is to lock your cars and lock your homes. We believe he is looking for place to lay out and hide out,” Carroll police Chief Jeff Cayler advised.

That assertion proved to be correct when shortly after 8:30 p.m., Lee was found hiding under a deck of a home on the north side of town.

He has been charged with willful injury. Police say additional charges are likely.

 

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