Stabbing suspect arraigned on several charges.

May 23, 2016


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — Candice Fennel, 20, of Walkerville was arraigned in 78th District Court on charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder; felonious assault; lying to police and second-offense habitual offender after allegedly stabbing a 21-year-old Muskegon man Thursday night in Crystal Township, said Lt. Craig Mast.

After fleeing the scene, Fennel was eventually located by a Muskegon County K-9 tracking dog in a “thicket of briars” in federal forest land, Mast said.

The stabbing allegedly occurred at the Brown’s Farm camping area in the federal forest, Mast said. Deputies were dispatched at 9:28 p.m. to River Road near 144th Avenue, where they found the victim near a vehicle. He was stabbed multiple times, Mast said, sustaining injuries to his neck and shoulder area. He was being treated at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon for “serious injuries.” The man lost “a considerable amount of blood,” he said, but is expected to recover.

A witness said the victim was “covered in blood” and narrowly avoided death.

Fennel, who had blood on her clothing, was observed by campers in the area, the lieutenant said. “She advised them that she had outstanding warrants and wasn’t sticking around” and fled into the forest.

The tracking dog picked up her scent, following the track “well into the forest,” Mast said and located Fennel hiding in a thicket of briars. She was arrested and lodged in the Oceana County Jail.

It is alleged that Fennel met the man through an online dating service.

Fennel’s bond was set at $50,000 cash surety.

“I’m led to believe other charges may be pending from another police agency for her as well,” Mast said.