SHEFFIELD — The search continues for a Colbert County man police consider armed and dangerous after a woman was robbed and stabbed Thursday night, officials said.
Labarags Madden, 28, whose last known address was in Leighton, is wanted for attempted murder and robbery.
Madden is wanted in connection with an incident that sent a 47-year-old Sheffield woman to the hospital with stab wounds and cuts, police said. The woman was treated and later released from Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield police detective Bobby McCalpin said.
Madden is described as a black man, about 6 feet tall and weighing 272 pounds. He has short black hair and two tear-drop tattoos under his right eye.
McCalpin said Madden has a documented history of substance abuse and violent tendencies.
“He has an active warrant for domestic violence assault from Colbert County Sheriff’s Office right now,” he said.
Police said they received information Friday that Madden might be around the Jarmon Lane area north of Leighton or in Sheffield.
“We are stepping up patrols in the areas where he is known to frequent,” McCalpin said.
McCalpin said the stabbing occurred about 7:45 p.m. Thursday near 21st Street and Ninth Avenue in Southeast Sheffield.
“They had been at a residence in Tuscumbia and the woman, who knew Madden through a friend, was giving him a ride,” McCalpin said. “While they were riding, he changed where he wanted to go and tried to get her to pull down a gravel road.
“She refused, stopped the car and ordered him to get out.”
McCalpin said at that point Madden pulled out a knife and wanted her money.
“She told him she didn’t have money and Madden began stabbing her,” McCalpin said.
“The only way she got him to stop was when she told him she had a gun and reached under the seat of the car for the gun. At that point he got out of the car and took her car keys.”
McCalpin said the woman had an extra set of keys in her purse.
“When she cranked the car up, he ran off and dropped the keys,” McCalpin said.
He said the woman drove to Helen Keller Hospital.
Anyone with information about Madden’s whereabouts is asked to call 911, Sheffield police at 256-383-1771 or Shoals Crime Stoppers at 256-386-8685.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.