Police: Soldier slashed superior's wife

Jonathan Monk (Image courtesy Cumberland County Sheriff's Offfice)

February 14, 2011 3:58:56 PM PST
A Fort Bragg soldier has been arrested in a knife attack on the wife of his noncommissioned officer.

Jonathan Monk, 24, of Pineville, La., was charged Sunday with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon and first-degree burglary.

Police say Monk broke into his sergeant's home on Baldoon Drive in the Loch Lomond subdivision sometime before 1 a.m. Sunday.

"He laid in wait. The occupants of the residence came in contact with him and he assaulted the female several times," said Sgt. Pam Brewington with the Fayetteville Police Department. "Apparently the suspect was already in the home before the residents were aware that he was there. It's unclear exactly how he came into the home. But before they were aware he was there, he was already in the home."

Detectives say Monk slashed the woman with a seven inch kitchen knife. Police identified her as 21-year-old Tabitha Dupree. She was taken to a local hospital and treated for 15 to 17 wounds.

Officials say Monk and Dupree's husband - 21-year-old Justin Dupree - serve together in the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion at Fort Bragg.

Justin heard his wife being attacked and came to her aid. Police say he fought with Monk while Tabitha called 911.

"I'm going to die before you get here," Tabitha Dupree told a 911 operator.

    911 Operator: "Is the assailant still there?
    Tabitha Dupree: "Yes he is. My husband has him pinned down. Hurry Maam ... I'm not going to live."
    911 Operator: "Is there any serious bleeding?"
    Tabitha Dupree: "Yes I'm ... there's dark blood."
    911 Operator: "Where were you stabbed Maam?"
    Tabitha Dupree: "I don't know ... I was stabbed about 18 times."
    Tabitha Dupree: "I can feel there's a stab on my leg. There's one on my head that I can feel. I know he got me good in my upper arm. He cut my throat.
    911 Operator: "He cut your throat?"
    Tabitha Dupree: "He cut my throat, but it's not deep enough to kill me ... I don't think."

The couple's 1-year-old child could be heard in the call, screaming in the background.

Click here to listen to the entire 911 call

ABC11 has learned that Tabitha Dupree has undergone surgery for her wounds. She's expected to survive.

Monk is being held on a $100,000 bond. It could not be immediately be determined Monday if he has a lawyer.

Police have not said what the motive may have been.

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