Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Pennsauken Police Chief John Coffey reported a Camden man was arrested Thursday for attacking a Pennsauken woman with a meat cleaver and a utility knife.
Fenton J. Carstarphen, M/46, is charged with Attempted Murder, Burglary and Violation of a Restraining Order. He is being held at the Camden County Jail. His bail was set at $750,000 by Superior Court Judge Edward McBride.
Carstarphen is accused of breaking into his estranged wife’s home on the 5500 block of Jefferson Avenue in Pennsauken around 7:30 a.m. Thursday. He then allegedly cut and stabbed the 46-year-old woman multiple times inside the residence and continued to assault her after she fled into the back yard.
Police arrived shortly thereafter and found Carstarphen standing over the victim. He immediately was arrested at gunpoint. The victim was taken to Cooper University Hospital and was reported to be in stable condition Friday.
Carstarphen was recently tried in Superior Court for assaulting the same victim with a small wooden baseball bat March 30, 2013 at the victim’s Jefferson Avenue home where both were living at the time.
Carstarphen was indicted in July on one count each of Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.
A jury found Carstarphen not guilty October 29 of those charges, but did convict him of Simple Assault – a Disorderly Persons offense. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and immediately released based on time served.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Released Friday, December 12, 2014.