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A 17-year-old Florida high school softball star was brutally stabbed by her ex-boyfriend as she was leaving a restaurantaccording to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said the teen, identified by family as Madison Schemitz, was with her mother, Jacki Roge, and friends eating Saturday at Mr. Chubby’s Wings restaurant in Ponte Vedra Beach when they saw the ex-boyfriend sitting nearby.
Roge was in the process of obtaining a restraining order against his daughter’s ex, Spencer Ross Pearson, after in April the 18-year-old began following and harassing the teenageraccording to statements from a family member to NBC affiliate WLTV of Jacksonville.
Schemitz and her mother left the restaurant to avoid contact with Pearson, but seconds later the young man charged at the victim and her mother with a gun as they walked to their vehicle, according to authorities.
Pearson held Schemitz in one arm and stabbed her approximately 15 times.according to an affidavit.
The girl’s mother tried to intervene and Pearson stabbed her in the forehead and leg, In addition, he also assaulted a passerby who ran to help the two women, according to the document.
The passerby was able to push Pearson away, but he began to “cut his throat” in an attempt to take his own life.
The victims and the suspect they were hospitalized after the incidentwhich left Schemitz with “life-threatening injuries,” according to the document.
A page created to raise money for the family’s medical bills says that the young woman is in critical condition at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.
“Madison has 2 chest tubes and a spinal cord injury but she is a fighter just keep praying for her,” Roge shared in an update.
“I am about to undergo surgery, they cut my hand bone muscles,” he added.
The condition of the passerby was unknown Tuesday.
Pearson was charged with two counts of premeditated attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The young man, who remains in the hospital with a GPS monitor, was served with an arrest warrant.