Sheriff’s Office: Man wanted after stabbing girlfriend, leading Cornelius PD on vehicle chase


Pictured above: Michael Battle – Picture courtesy of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office


On Sunday, at about 10:15pm, October 14, 2018, Deputies responded to a reported knife assault at 100 Thunder Road, in China Grove. Deputies arrived, and discovered a 28 year old female suffering from several stab wounds, including an injury to her neck. The victim’s cell phone and cash were also taken when the suspect fled the scene, before Sheriff’s Deputies arrived. Detectives with the RCSO Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division joined the investigation, and 33 year old Michael Timothy Battle was identified as the suspect. Battle is the boy friend of the victim, and they both live at 100 Thunder Road. The victim was transported to CMC Northeast, in Concord, and treated for several serious stab wounds. Detectives obtained Felony warrants on Battle for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Inflicting Serious Injury with Intent to Kill, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Second Degree Kidnapping.

Deputies were unable to locate Michael Timothy Battle overnight. On Monday morning, Police Officers with the Cornelius Police Department responded to a suspicious vehicle in a store parking lot, and identified the driver as Michael Battle. Battle fled the parking lot in his vehicle with Cornelius Police in pursuit. After a brief car chase Battle was able to elude arrest. Cornelius Police also obtained arrest warrants on Battle for the chase. Battle is also wanted for failure to pay child support. Battle was last seen operating a Blue 2002 Ford Explorer.

Michael Battle was added to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Most Wanted List. Anyone with information on Battle’s location can contact Lt. Chad Moose (704) 216-8687, Detective Patrick Schmeltzer (704) 216-8702 or Crime Stoppers 1-866-639-5245.

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