A Van Buren County man is in jail tonight, facing felony charges. Police say 45-year-old Stephen Angelo Simpson stabbed a man several times overnight, and then ran.
Simpson is the half brother of musician Jennifer Hudson.
It happened overnight at the Maple Glenn Apartments on Baseline Road in South Haven Charter Township. We’re learning this all happened at the apartment of Simpson’s estranged wife, while she was there.
Simpson has a history of domestic violence, and police allege that Monday night, Simpson stabbed the woman’s boyfriend several times, including in the face, before they ran for help.
“He said someone knocked on the door, he thought he was knocking on the door for somebody, and he started getting stabbed up,” said Torrey Hunt, a neighbor who helped the victim.Hunt opened his door around 3 a.m. to a man bleeding and begging for help.
“I open the door and see blood everywhere,” he said. “He was stabbed in his chin and his chest, he had puncture wounds in his chest and his arms and stuff.”
Police say the victim–identified as Charlie–was stabbed multiple times by his girlfriend’s estranged husband, Steven Simpson.
“It was pretty scary because there was a lot of blood everywhere,” said neighbor Krystal Miller. “I am thinking he could die any minute,” Hunt said. Miller says Simpson had been there more than once in the past, screaming for her neighbor and pounding on the door.
“I hope shes alright too, obviously this guy is looking for her too,” she said.
Detectives say they are unsure if Charlie or Simpson’s wife was the intended target. “She locked herself in the bathroom until he left,” said Detective Adam DeBoer. “It appears to be an ongoing feud over a woman.”
Simpson is currently on probation, after he was arrested several times in the past, most recently for assaulting his wife on Super Bowl Sunday. “These are my neighbors; I live next to them, I don’t want anything bad to happen to them,” Miller said. Simpson arrived on his own to the South Haven Police Department for questioning around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
“He was cooperative in the sense that he showed up for questioning, but not very cooperative overall,” Detective DeBoer said. The victim was treated at the hospital–we’re told he received about 20 or 30 stitches–and then released. He is expected to recover.
Simpson was arrested on probable cause Tuesday afternoon, and is expected to be charged Wednesday with first degree home invasion and attempted murder.