Joel Medina
Photo: Marietta Police Department
Photo: Marietta Police Department

Man sought after stabbing girlfriend 7 times in Marietta, cops say

Authorities are searching for a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend seven times  and pointing guns at her during a domestic dispute at their Marietta apartment early Thursday. 

According to police, 25-year-old Joel Medina stabbed the woman repeatedly at their home on North Fairground Street about 4 a.m. before stealing her wallet and her car.  

Medina recently moved from Pennsylvania after starting a relationship with her, Marietta police spokesman Officer Chuck McPhilamy said. 

Authorities accused Medina of “seriously disfiguring” the woman by stabbing her in the face, neck and arms, according to a Cobb County arrest warrant. Medina allegedly picked up two handguns, pointed them at the woman and said “you’re lucky I don’t kill you” before leaving the scene, the arrest warrant said.

The woman, who was not identified, was expected to survive her injuries, authorities said. She received several staples and stitches following the attack, the arrest warrant said. 

Shortly after the stabbing, Cobb police spotted the woman’s car at a QuikTrip, but it appears Medina noticed the officers and fled the gas station on foot, authorities said.

Authorities said Medina was spotted at a Cobb County QuikTrip shortly after the stabbing.
Photo: Marietta Police Department

Inside the vehicle, police said they located a bag of methamphetamine and two handguns they traced back to Medina.

Warrants charge Medina with aggravated assault, aggravated battery-disfigurement, making terroristic threats, two counts of theft by taking, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of methamphetamine. 

Medina is considered armed and dangerous, according to police. He has ties to Philadelphia and Florida and may be trying to leave the state. 

He is described as 5-foot-10 and about 210 pounds, authorities said. Anyone who sees Medina or knows his whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately. Those wishing to remain anonymous can also contact Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-8477. 

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