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Raleigh Woman Stabbed; Estranged Boyfriend Arrested

Posted February 20, 2007 12:25 p.m. EST
Updated February 22, 2007 8:02 a.m. EST

— A Raleigh woman was critically injured Tuesday by multiple stab wounds, and her estranged boyfriend was arrested in connection with the case.

Police said Erica Shariss Jennings, 37, was stabbed repeatedly inside her townhouse near Cove Bridge Road at about 7:30 a.m.. She then ran outside, going door-to-door looking for help.

A resident , who gave his name only as Chris, saw Jennings and a man near her apartment when he was leaving for work. Concerned for her, he put her in his car and took her to WakeMed, police said, staying in touch with 911 on the way.

Jennings was listed in critical condition Tuesday evening.

"He took the steps that he thought would get her the attention that he thought would get her medical attention in the quickest possible way," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said. "It was obviously very important that she get to the hospital as soon as possible."

Michael Orlando Olliver, 47, of 115 Ramblewood Drive, Raleigh, was arrested in connection with the stabbing late Monday afternoon in Georgetown, S.C., and charged with attempted murder.

Olliver, the former head basketball coach at Southern Wayne High School, is being held in the Wake County Jail. He is being held on $500,000 bond.

According to court documents, Jennings on Friday applied for an emergency restraining order against Olliver, claiming he threatened her, stalked her, harassed her by phone and tried to break into her apartment.