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New Haven man held in stabbing of local woman

A New Haven man was jailed after police in Tennessee found his girlfriend from Fort Wayne nearly stabbed to death in a motel on the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

James E. Heroy III, 20, faces a charge of attempted second-degree murder, according to Assistant Chief Gary Waldroup of the Gatlinburg, Tenn., Police Department.

On Thursday, the department responded to a possible stabbing at the Hillside Motel, which sits near the border of the park in eastern Tennessee. Officers found Heroy's girlfriend, Amber L. Leslie, 22, suffering from several stab wounds, Waldroup said.

Leslie was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and was listed in critical condition, Waldroup said. On Saturday, she was released from the hospital, said the manager of Hillside Motel, who asked to remain anonymous to avoid publicity.

The manager said that before the stabbing, the couple had lived at the motel for about three months without any visits from police. Why the couple was in Tennessee is not clear. Police did not release any other information.

According to Indiana court records, Heroy is wanted in Allen County on a felony charge of failing to stop after an accident resulting in injury.

On March 10 in Fort Wayne, Heroy was driving east in a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier in the 3400 block of Taylor Street, near Freeman Street. He crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, court papers stated.

The other driver broke her leg in the crash, and Heroy fled the scene on foot, court papers said.

Heroy was being held Saturday at the Sevier County Jail in Sevierville, Tenn. His bail was $350,000.

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