Man sought in fatal attack of elderly Cocoa woman turns himself in, police say

Published On: Mar 19 2013 01:01:30 PM EDT
Marcus Antonio Royal
COCOA, Fla. -

The man sought in the fatal stabbing of an 81-year-old Cocoa woman turned himself in on Tuesday, according to Cocoa police.

Police said Marcus Antonio Royal, 33, walked into the Richmond, Virginia Police Department and handed his ID to the Chief of Police, saying that he was wanted in Florida for murder.

Royal was released from jail Saturday morning, returned to Cocoa Sunday morning and broke into the North Fiske Boulevard home of Faye Jones, 81, at 11:30 a.m. He then attacked her.

When someone went to pick Jones up for church, they believe he interrupted the crime in progress. Police said he, too, was attacked. Jones was found dead and police said her neighbor had to be airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center where he is in critical condition. Police said they believe Jones was a random victim.

Royal then stole Jones' 2010 Ford Fusion and dumped her personal items on the side of the road 10 miles away from her home.

Cocoa police officers are on their way to Virginia.

Royal had a nationwide extradition arrest warrant issued on him for first-degree felony murder, attempted first degree felony murder and burglary with battery.

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