Greenville Police identify stabbing suspect

Published 1:33 pm Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Greenville Police have issued a warrant for the man they believe responsible for the stabbing death of Beaufort County native Hope Cutler.

Sgt. Joe Friday Jr. said that they are searching for Max Albert Dorat Tejada, better known by his Americanized name Max Alberto or Max Alberto Diaz. Witnesses saw Tejada and Cutler, 32, arguing outside in the Sedgefield Apartment complex on Tuesday night about 7:45 p.m. When Cutler tried to use her cell phone, the man police say is Tejada took the phone, threw it to the pavement and stabbed Cutler several times.

The wanted man fled the scene on foot. A knife that may have been used by the suspect was found near the apartment complex.

Cutler was taken to Vidant Medical Center for treatment. She died from her injuries early Wednesday morning. While both Cutler and Alberto’s Facebook pages listed each other as spouse, police have been unable to verify that information. Friday said there is no indication as to what sparked the argument and stabbing at this time.

Police say Tejada was living at 140 Concord Drive #6 in the Sedgefield Apartment complex. He is a native of El Salvador and has a U.S. permanent resident card that is valid through 2019, said Friday. He is considered a flight risk and detectives in the Greenville Police Department are working with other agencies to locate Tejada.

Any person having information on the whereabouts of Tejada  should call the Greenville Police Department at 252-329-4315, or call Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers at 252-758-7777.