(UPDATE 11:10 P.M.) Riverhead Police confirmed Sunday night that Paul Thompson Jr., the man wanted for stabbing his girlfriend numerous times at Tanger Outlet Center, is in police custody. No further details were immediately available.
(UPDATE 6:30 P.M.) Riverhead police have released a wanted poster as the search continues for a man they say stabbed his girlfriend multiple times at Tanger Outlet Center Saturday night.
(ORIGINAL STORY) Riverhead police are on the hunt for a Calverton man they say stabbed his girlfriend multiple times at Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead Saturday night.
Paul Thompson Jr., 24, of Wooded Way in the Calverton Hills community then forced the victim, whom police did not identify because she is the victim of a domestic assault, to drive him away from the scene following the assault, which occurred shortly after 8 p.m., police said. She eventually escaped from the car near Midway Drive in Riverhead, where she was able to get help at a nearby residence, and he fled on foot.
The 23-year-old victim, who lives in Shirley, was escorted by Riverhead Ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where she is being treated for her injuries, police said.
Police said Mr. Thompson, a 2007 Riverhead High School graduate with ties to the Mastic Beach area, remained at large as of 9 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to call the Riverhead Police Department at 727-4500 ext. 289.
Mr. Thompson is no stranger to the law, according to online records, having two prior motor vehicle-related arrests. He was arrested in Dec. 2012 for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and again in Feb. 2013 for driving while intoxicated. He pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced to five months in prison and five years probation.
An order of protection was also issued against him for five years, according to the online records.