OCEAN CITY – A Middletown, Del. man was arrested on attempted murder and other serious charges after allegedly stabbing in estranged wife and injuring two children and the victim’s new boyfriend during an altercation at an Ocean City condominium on Monday evening.
Around 5:10 p.m. on Monday, Ocean City police responded to the Siesta Villas condominiums in the area of 51st Street for a reported domestic assault in progress. Upon arrival, OCPD officers observed a woman, later identified as the victim, and a man, later identified as Craig William Taylor, 35, of Middletown, Del. The officers quickly determined Taylor had allegedly stabbed the female victim.
The investigation revealed the victim was Taylor’s estranged wife and was visiting Ocean City with the couple’s two children and her new boyfriend as well as two other children who are friends of the victim’s children. Taylor allegedly came to Ocean City and forced his way into the condominium where his estranged wife, her new boyfriend and the children were staying.
A knowledgeable source said this week the victim and her estranged husband stayed in the same mid-town unit in which the stabbing occurred last summer. The source also revealed the woman had an active restraining order against Taylor. It appears once Taylor learned she was in Ocean City in the apartment they had previously rented, he reportedly became enraged and drove to the resort to confront her.
Once he forced his way into the condo, Taylor allegedly stabbed his estranged wife. During the altercation, the victim’s boyfriend and two of the unrelated children visiting the victim’s children were injured while trying to get away from Taylor.
The victim was transported to PRMC in Salisbury for treatment of her injuries and remains hospitalized today. She is expected to make a full recovery.
The injured children and the victim’s boyfriend were taken to Atlantic General Hospital and were treated and released. Taylor was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure, and first- and third-degree burglary.
Taylor had a bond review hearing this week and was ordered held without bail. A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 23.