PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida. – Surveillance footage of a brutal knife attack at Ponte Vedra Beach restaurant last month has been released.
The attack left 17-year-old Madison Schemitz paralyzed from the chest down after she sustained more than 10 stab wounds that police said were her ex-boyfriend Spencer Pearson.
In the video, which includes footage from inside the Mr. Chubby’s Wings and in the parking lot, Pearson is seen walking around the restaurant. At one point, he passes close to where the 17-year-old girl and her mother were sitting.
Then he is seen sitting.
After a few minutes, Schemitz and her mother get up to leave. Pearson is seen looking towards the door and then also getting up to leave.
At this moment there is an attack in the parking lot.
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The footage shows Pearson running up to the 17-year-old girl and her mother. The footage was filmed from a distance, so the actual attack is not visible.
There is a struggle between the three of them, after which the two men who rushed to intervene run to the attack.
Kennedy Armstrong jumped in to rip it up while Stepp called the police. Armstrong was also injured in the attack.
James Stepp watched the video and called it “infuriating”, but also admitted that it helped him understand the situation better.
“It was a little scary to see him run out the door and then eventually attack it,” Stepp said. “At this point it’s based on so much adrenaline and action that actually getting the chance to see it from the outside was definitely a little bit different.”
Stepp said the only thing he wants people to take away from this attack is to always help if you can.
“If anyone saw something like this happening, I would just pray that they would come forward and do the right thing,” he said.
Pearson has been charged with murder.
The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said victims in the case were aware of the video’s release and viewed it.
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