Fallen Officer’s Daughter Stabbed in Barn

CASTLETON STABBINGCASTLETON TWP, Mich.- Wednesday, 26-year-old Samantha Minehart was stabbed while feeding the horse in her family’s barn.  Police were called to the home for reports of a stabbing and gunshots fired around 11 a.m.  Police set up a perimeter, but the suspect was not found.

The Minehart Family says this is the 3rd time they’ve had to call police because there were strange people outside their home.  One time, it ended with Samantha’s Fiancé being punched.

Patty Minehart, Samantha’s mother, described Wednesday’s attack, “He just told her don’t do anything stupid when he had the knife around her neck.”

There are marks where Samantha had the knife held to her neck.  She was stabbed in the stomach and leg resulting in 11 stitches.  Samantha says the man left as she fired two shots, missing him both times.  Patty says Samantha was carrying a gun because they’ve had problems before.

“This is the third time we’ve had the police out here and last time there was two people here.” She continues, “Nobody, none of us know who they are, we don’t know what they want.”

Police used K-9 units and set up a perimeter with no luck, Patty says, “So, this guy is still out there running around someplace.” 

Patty says the only reason she can imagine someone would come after her family is because her husband was a public safety officer in Kalamazoo.  Officer John Minehart, known as “Spike”, died in 2008 from health complications after being hit in the line of duty in 1991.

Patty says, “Let me tell you, I wish he was around right now.”  

The Barry County Sheriff’s Department says at this point there is nothing to indicate that there is any threat to the public.  They say the incident remains under investigation.  Anyone with information on the stabbing is urged to call the Barry County Sheriff’s Department.


16 Comments to “Fallen Officer’s Daughter Stabbed in Barn”

    Truther said:
    May 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Was she unable to give a description of the attacker ?

    chris tossava said:
    May 22, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    yeah good reporting,why is there not a description,why did the reporter not ask?

    d534 said:
    May 22, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    There was a description given to the police, it has not been made public at this time.

    annmarielaflamme responded:
    May 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I did get a description from the victim. However, police have not released a description. As soon as any more information is made available we’ll be sure to pass it along.

      Larry M said:
      May 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      I believe reporters do not have to get permission from the police to report the news. (Although as of late, we wonder if they are really independent of the government) It would be nice if the news Media did not wait for their marching orders to come down from government officials. I can see no reason (except something having to do with race or some other PC reason) as to why a description being made public would not serve to be in the publics best interest. Certainly the perp knows what he looks like, so why not the rest of us?

    sitbooboosit said:
    May 22, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    get some pitbulls. nobody messes with you if you have a pitbull. :)

    Joe Mama said:
    May 25, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    “The Barry County Sheriff’s Department says at this point there is nothing to indicate that there is any threat to the public.”

    Oh really…and how did they come to that conclusion?

    tc1 said:
    November 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Only threat is this crazy chick's mental status to the public…

    tc1 said:
    December 22, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    So she tells lies to get attention and we still follow this troll?

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