LUMBERTON — A trail of blood led Lumberton police to a man suspected of stabbing a motel owner on Sunday morning.
Charges are pending in the case.
Ashok Vyas, the 62-year-old owner of the Deluxe Inn, is recovering after being stabbed twice in the chest and stomach, according to a police report filed by Officer Jennifer White.
White said she arrived at the Capuano Street motel at about 6:45 a.m. in regard to an assault. At the motel, she found the lobby doors locked, but was able to see “a trail of blood to the counter,” where the phone was off the hook, the report said.
White said she was let into the motel and saw a man holding “a knife dripping with blood” trying to get in the back door.
On Monday afternoon, there was no sign of a scuffle at the motel, and an employee declined to answer questions about the incident.
Lumberton police have identified the suspect and found there was already an outstanding warrant for his arrest for assault with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, the same charge he faces if he is arrested for stabbing Vyas.
The man, who is 45 and lives in Pembroke, has been hospitalized with an unrelated injury, according to police Capt. Terry Parker.
His name is being withheld until charges are formally filed.
“He will be charged as soon as he gets out of the hospital,” Parker said.