Today, 1/4/16, around 10:30am, Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 23000 block of S. Cherry Hill Road in Manhattan Township regarding a stabbing. Upon arrival deputies placed Michael J. Bernhard, age 22, of 23263 S. Cherry Hill Road, Manhattan, in custody without incident after speaking with his mother who stated that Michael had attempted to stab her while they were inside the family car. Mrs. Bernhard stated that she was getting ready to drive her son, Michael, to the train station in order for him to return to college. While she began backing out of the driveway her son asked her to stop the vehicle because he forgot something inside. When he returned to the inside of the vehicle he pulled out a 6" butcher knife and proceeded to attack her. Mrs. Bernhard stated that she attempted to defend herself and then slammed the car into reverse and pulled down the driveway in order to possibly attract attention for help. It was at this time that a relative, who lives nearby, observed the vehicle and the struggle going on inside. The relative called 911.
Mrs. Bernhard was transported to Silver Cross Hospital and was treated for cuts and abrasions to her hands, arms, and throat. She was later released. Michael Bernhard was also transported to Silver Cross for evaluation and was later released to Sheriff's detectives. He was brought into the Sheriff's Investigation Division for questioning and was subsequently charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery, Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Attempted Murder. It is believed that Michael Bernhard was attempting to kill his mother for insurance money to pay for his college tuition. He will appear in bond court tomorrow morning.