According to court documents, a woman and her nine-year-old granddaughter arrived at Keeper of the Flame care facility early Wednesday morning.
The woman told police a man was walking toward them. She said he waived at them politely, something troopers said Whitfield likely did to make the two feel at ease.
But then, moments later, Whitfield allegedly approached her from behind and cut her throat with a box cutter.
Troopers said Whitfield told the woman to get in the car, pointed at her granddaughter, and said, “She is going to die.”
Police said he pushed the woman into the car, and the granddaughter tried to hide and run away. Whitfield chased after her and threw the child into the car.
But, the young girl told investigators she left the door cracked, and was able to jump out of the car as Whitfield drove away.
Whitfield is charged with felony counts of criminal attempted homicide, criminal attempted kidnapping, criminal attempted kidnapping of a minor, robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle and aggravated assault. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person.
Whitfield’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 11.