South NJ Man Stabs Woman, Then Himself

Police say it's not yet clear what sparked the stabbings

Sunday, Jan 1, 2012  |  Updated 5:37 PM EDT
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Double Stabbing in South Jersey

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Prosecutors say a southern New Jersey man stabbed a woman with a knife during a New Year's Eve party and then used it to stab himself.

Attempted murder and weapons charges were filed against 63-year-old Robert Hankins of Toms River. His bail was set at $250,000, and further details on the injuries he and the victim suffered were not disclosed.

It's not yet clear what sparked the stabbings, which happened shortly before midnight Saturday at an American Legion Post in Lakewood.

Michael Paulhus, Ocean County's executive assistant prosecutor, tells the Asbury Press that witnesses said Hankins approached the woman and cut her throat, then stabbed himself in the throat.

No other injuries were reported.

It wasn't known Sunday if Hankins had retained an attorney.


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