By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – A male juvenile allegedly admitted to stabbing a man in his abdomen while the man was engaged in an altercation with a blind man, Saturday, Nov. 25.
Officers were dispatched at about 9:18 p.m. to a residence on W. 23rd Street regarding two men fighting.
Upon arrival, one one of the men was still present, with he had a stab wound to his abdomen.
While officers could hear the man describe the person he was fighting with – his girlfriend’s father – he declined to give information about the case and said he did not want to press charges or help with any prosecution. The man was then taken by ambulance to Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Inside the residence, officers located two other people with blood on them, the man’s girlfriend and a male juvenile. At that point, the male juvenile allegedly admitted to stabbing the injured man. The knife or whatever implement was used to do the stabbing was not located.
The woman said she was sleeping when the confrontation occurred and she didn’t see the fight or any knife. She did say the confrontation was between her boyfriend and her father, who is blind.
As the juvenile was escorted out of the residence, the injured man’s girlfriend said she didn’t want the juvenile questioned without his parents or an attorney present. The juvenile’s hands were photographed, and he was later released to the woman.
The officers have recommended a charge of aggravated assault against the juvenile in the case.