LEIGHTON — A man authorities have been looking for in connection with the robbery and stabbing of a Sheffield woman Thursday night is in jail.
Sheffield police detective Bobby McCalpin said Labarags Madden, 28, was taken into custody late Friday night at a residence on Gnat Pond Road near Leighton.
“Deputies with the (Colbert County) sheriff’s office found him, and he was taken into custody without incident,” McCalpin said.
Police said Madden was considered armed and dangerous because of active warrants for domestic violence and the attack on the woman Thursday night.
Madden has been charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault.
Police said Madden stabbed a 47-year-old woman while she was giving him a ride home from a residence in Tuscumbia.
The woman was treated at Helen Keller Hospital for stab wounds.
“She’s lucky she wasn’t hurt any worse than she was,” McCalpin said.
Authorities 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.”
The woman had an extra set of keys in her purse and she started the car and Madden ran off.
First-degree robbery is a Class A felony punishable by 10 years to life in prison upon conviction. First-degree assault is a Class B felony which carries a sentence of 2-20 years in prison.
Madden is being held in the Colbert County Jail without bail.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.