Star athlete, 17, stabbed 15 times by her ex as she left a Florida restaurant, officials say

A Florida high school softball star and his mother were brutally stabbed by the teen’s ex-boyfriend as they left a restaurant to avoid him, authorities said.

The knife attack, described by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office as a “targeted attack,” happened Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of a Mr. Chubby’s Wings restaurant in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The teenager, identified by family as Madison Schemitz, was eating at a restaurant with her mother, Jacki Roge, and friends when they saw the ex-boyfriend sitting nearby, according to an arrest affidavit.

Madison Schemit and her mother Jacki Rogé  were injured in an attack outside Mr. Chubby's wings in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (WTLV)

Madison Schemit and her mother Jacki RogĂ© were injured in an attack outside Mr. Chubby’s wings in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (WTLV)

Roge was in the process of getting a restraining order against his daughter’s ex, Spencer Ross Pearson, according to NBC affiliate WLTV of Jacksonville, citing a relative. In April, he began “stalking and harassing” the girl, according to the affidavit.

Schemitz, 17, and his mother left the restaurant to avoid contact with Pearson, 18, according to deputies. Seconds later, he was seen “charging towards the juvenile victim and his mother as they walked towards their vehicle,” the affidavit states.

Pearson held Schemitz with one arm and “stabbed her about 15 times,” one of the victims told investigators, according to the document.

Her mother tried to intervene and was stabbed by Pearson in the forehead and leg, according to the affidavit. He also stabbed a bystander who ran to help Schemitz and his mother, according to the document.

The bystander was able to “dislodge” Pearson, who proceeded to “cut his throat” and told witnesses he was trying to kill himself, according to the affidavit.

The victims and the suspect were hospitalized following the incident, which left Schemitz with “life-threatening injuries,” according to the document.

A page created to raise money for the family’s medical bills describes Schemitz as a rising senior in Ponte Vedra High School, a star athlete and a sister of five siblings.

She has a “long road to recovery” and was described as being in critical condition at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, according to the fundraiser.

“Madison has 2 chest tubes and a spinal cord injury but she’s a fighter, just keep praying for her,” Roge explained in an update.

“I’m about to have surgery, my muscles have been cut from the bone in my hand,” she added.

The status of the passer was unknown on Tuesday.

Pearson was charged with two counts of attempted premeditated murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He was served with an arrest warrant at the hospital, where he has been since Tuesday. Pearson was ordered not to have contact with the victims or possess firearms, according to the warrant, which said he must wear a GPS monitor.

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