Estranged husband of missing Hope Mills woman charged in razor attack

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The estranged husband of a Hope Mills woman missing since November has been charged with attempted murder in a razor attack, the sheriff’s office said.

Tabitha Goins

Anthony Goins was arrested Wednesday in connection with the attack that occurred Tuesday.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said the victim in the attack was driving on Highway 87 south when he saw Goins. He pulled over and asked Goins, “You looking for me?”

The two rode around and talked. The victim pulled into a gas station at Highway 87 and Sandhill Road. That’s when Goins pulled out a “sharp instrument” and began cutting the victim, the sheriff’s office said.

Goins jumped out of the car and ran from the scene. He was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He was given a $200,000 bond and is due in court Thursday afternoon.

Goins is the estranged husband of Tabitha Goins, who was reported missing Nov. 25, 2019.

She was last seen Nov. 21, 2019, walking along Highway 87 near Hope Mills.

Tabitha Goins’ father said his daughter was living with the man who was assaulted.

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Tabitha Goins stands 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a black zip-up jacket, black leggings, multicolored socks and gray and orange Nike Air Max Tennis Shoes.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting that if anyone has information on Goins’ location, please contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or Detective Morrow at 910-677-5495 or Crimestoppers (910) 483-8477.

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