"I could tell that she was covered in blood;" Stabbing victim found walking in Gretna

The sheriff's office said Antone Lemont Hamlett, 34, is described as approximately 185 pounds and 5-foot-11 (Blue Ridge Regional Jail)

GRETNA, Va. (WSET) -- The Pittsylvania County and Halifax County Sheriff's Offices said they are still looking for a man, considered to be armed and dangerous, accused of stabbing a woman in Halifax County.

Officials said Antone Hamlett drove from Halifax County to Gretna, where abandoned his vehicle and the woman.

Pittsylvania County officials said Hamlett's vehicle was found in Gretna around noon Tuesday.

He is currently charged with malicious wounding.

Neighbors said the woman was bleeding heavily from the waist down and jumped a fence by Highway 29 and was walking along the road when deputies located her.

"I stumbled across a lady that was walking," said Sabrina Thornton. "I really didn't think much at first."

Thornton says the woman was carrying shoes and cars started to slow down, but then she got closer.

"I could tell that she was covered in blood from the waist all the way down," Thornton said.

She said people started pulling over and then rescue crews arrived to the scene.

Investigators say Hamlett and the woman knew each other.

"We do know that they were married, but had been separated," said Major Tommy Spencer with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office searched a home in Halifax County Wednesday, but are still looking for Hamlett.

"Our authorities are speaking with investigators in Pittsylvania Counties," Major Spencer said.

Thornton just hopes the woman is okay.

"I lost some sleep over this," said Thornton. "Just knowing what I saw. It's not an image that will leave my mind for a while."

The victim had surgery Tuesday night and is expected to recover.

If you have seen Hamlett or someone who fits his description, please notify your nearest law enforcement agency, or call 911.

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