Caregiver stabs charge with Sharpie pen, sheriff says

Pushes victim out of automobile at highway speed


A caregiver is accused of repeatedly stabbing a disabled man in her custody with a sharpie before pushing him out of her moving car on Interstate 95 Sunday afternoon.

Arlene Mary Bonitz, 57, of Palm Harbor, Florida, was driving south on I-95 near the 64 mile marker in Godwin at 3:56 p.m. when an adult with a cognitive impairment was pushed from her car, according to a release from Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis W. Wright.

Deputies say Bonitz was driving an estimated 60 mph when he left the car.

She continued to drive several miles on I-95 until she was involved in a single-vehicle wreck, Wright noted in his release. North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash.

The man and Bonitz were transported to a local medical center for treatment. The man sustained a broken pelvis and had road rash on his face, hands and legs, according to the sheriff’s office.

Special victim detectives arrested Bonitz on Friday and charged her with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill. Bond was set at $75,000. Her first court appearance was at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Robert Jordan can be reached at or 910-230-2037.


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