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LAWRENCE — A 21-year-old man whom police say has mental problems is being sought for slashing his grandmother's throat from ear to ear at her elderly housing apartment on Auburn Street yesterday.

The name of the victim, said to be in her 60s, was not immediately available from police.

"She's going to make it," Police Chief John Romero said. "The cut was not deep enough to hit anything."

Romero said two maintenance men were sitting in their truck near the 38 Auburn Street development when the woman approached them about 1:30 p.m. and they called police when they saw she was covered in blood.

"She told someone at the scene her grandson did it," Romero said.

The woman was taken to Lawrence General Hospital where she underwent surgery yesterday afternoon, police said.

There were reports the suspect, Roulouis Felix, 21, was just released from an area hospital Wednesday.

Felix, who gave police the address of 9 Granite St. in Methuen when he was arrested for trespassing at a Chestnut Street address in Lawrence on April 25, was the subject of a large manhunt by local and state police using dogs, and the state police Air Wing, but officials were unable to locate him as of late last night.

During the manhunt, Central Catholic High School located diagonally across the street from the elderly complex was placed in lockdown with no one allowed in or out of the school.

Other schools in the area including Notre Dame Academy, St. Mary's, the Tarbox School and the Lawrence High School at 233 Haverhill St., also took precautions during the manhunt.

Romero said police were not sure if the incident occurred in the grandmother's apartment or just outside it.

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