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Domestic violence victim helped 'Public Enemy No. 1' elude capture

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

4:23 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

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Authorities say the woman found with Christopher Goode when he was arrested in Virginia Beach is the same woman he was accused of stabbing multiple times last month, and officials say she had helped him flee. 

Police called attention to Goode last week, calling him their top priority fugitive and "Public Enemy No. 1" in connection with the Sept. 13 attack. According to charging doucments, Goode is accused of stabbing the woman -- the mother of his child -- 10 times in her neck and chest area. Goode was already on probation for a domestic assault at the time.

Police announced Thursday that Goode was apprehended in Virginia Beach, Va., where he was staying at a motel. In a news release, the U.S. Marshals service said Goode was found with an "associate" and that they had been "on the run" since the warrant was issued. 

"After a short surveillance of the location, the fugitive and his associate were identified exiting the [motel] room" and entering a vehicle. Goode tried to flee on foot but was captured. 

David Lutz, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, confirmed that the "associate" was the victim, who he said had been "aiding him in his flight from arrest."

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this week a team of experts presented recommendations to improve services for domestic violence victims. Domestic-related homicides are up this year, with officials reporting 10 such killings this year compared with six in all of 2010 and 2011.

Police have expanded the use of so-called "lethality screens" to assess the potential for deadly violence, and have stepped up service of domestic violence warrants.