Downtown stabbing nets arrest of a suspect

From STAFF REPORTS
Posted 4/18/19

A Cleveland man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a stabbing that took place in front of the United Way of the Ocoee Region building on Ocoee Street.According to the Cleveland Police …

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Downtown stabbing nets arrest of a suspect

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A Cleveland man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a stabbing that took place in front of the United Way of the Ocoee Region building on Ocoee Street.

According to the Cleveland Police Department, the suspect, John Justice, 62, was charged with aggravated assault.

He was transported to the Bradley County Jail, where he remains on no bond.

According to a CPD report, the incident resulted from an argument that took place between Justice and the reported victim, Wayne Hicks, 58. Justice told police he had been harassed by Hicks and threatened him with a rock.

Hicks told police that Justice has stabbed him with a knife. He was bleeding from a laceration on his left side, according to the police report.

A witness told police that he observed the two men in a struggle and that Justice was holding a knife and Hicks a rock.

After the struggle, the witness told police that Justice fled on a bicycle.

According to the police report, Justice told police that Hicks had called him a child molester and had come at him with a rock. He denied having a knife.

Although the area was searched, a knife was not found.

The victim was treated at Tennova-Cleveland, and is expected to recover, according to CPD reports.

The United Way building is located across the street from Johnston Park, a downtown site that receives periodic complaints from downtown businesses due to the regular congregation of homeless residents, and others. CPD regularly patrols the area, and has made multiple arrests in past years, some of them drug-related.


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