Charges upgraded to attempted murder for man behind Apex machete attack
Posted January 24
Apex, N.C. — Charges against a man accused of attacking an Apex woman with a machete were upgraded on Tuesday to attempted murder.
Neel Salil Mehta, 20, of 602 Halcyon Meadow Drive in Cary was initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting injury.
According to Apex police, Priyanka Kumari, 18, was walking home from a school bus stop on Jan. 12, when she was stabbed by Mehta outside a home at 1837 Venezia Way.
Mehta told police that Kumari hadn't been returning his calls, texts or emails, and District Attorney Anna Davis said investigators determined that Mehta had been sending her threatening emails and had been planning the attack for about two weeks.
Although authorities initially identified Mehta as Kumari’s ex-boyfriend, her father, Pankaj Kumar said his daughter and Mehta never dated. He said she had mentioned Mehta’s peculiar behavior once before, but said, in part because he travels often for business, he didn’t know about the alleged harassing emails and text messages until after the attack.
Kumar said his daughter is still recovering at home after the attack and still has nightmares.
“She was living and happy and content with her life before this happened and then I look at her and feel very sad,” he said.