COLTS NECK - Authorities are searching for the person who stabbed a Monmouth County woman during a home invasion and then stole her vehicle to get away.

The 41-year-old Colts Neck woman was stabbed at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday at her Bray Street home. The man was reportedly hitchhiking along nearby Route 34 between Clover Hill Road and Bray Street.

Police say they believe the man saw the woman pull into her driveway and tried to break into her car. When that failed, the man then allegedly forced his way into her home when she opened the door.

The suspect stabbed the victim and took her car keys. The woman, who was not identified by police, was taken to a hospital where she remains in critical but stable condition.

Police say the man then drove off in the woman's car, which was later found abandoned in Aberdeen.

Investigators say they have obtained surveillance video from a Taco Bell near where the car was abandoned which might help identify the man. He is described as a skinny white man in his early 20s with dirty blond hair who wore a yellow shirt and backpack.

Mayor Michael Fitzgerald says his office has already reached out to residents to keep them updated on what's going on, but wants everyone to remain vigilant. "If you see something say something," Fitzgerald says. "If you see suspicious activity pick up the phone and call."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office at 1-800-533-7443 or the Colts Neck Police Department at 732-780-7323.