Decatur Police: Man stabbed near mattress store, left in critical conditionPhoto by Dan Whisenhunt
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This story has been updated.
Decatur Police say a stabbing they responded to early Friday morning, March 15, left a man in critical condition.
Police met the victim at the hospital around 1:30 a.m., Police Lt. Jennifer Ross said. The incident occurred near a mattress store, she said.
“The victim reported he stopped by his place of employment in the 2700 block of East College Avenue to retrieve an item from inside of a delivery truck parked at the location,” Ross said. “As he approached the delivery truck, he observed a plastic cover over a previously damaged window to be disturbed and then noticed a male inside of the truck.”
When the victim confronted the man, the man said, “This ain’t your truck. It’s abandoned.”
The victim moved closer and the man got out of the truck and advanced toward him.
“The victim told the male not to ‘walk up on him’ and the male attempted to punch the victim and a scuffle ensued,” Ross said. “The victim was able to break apart from the male, who then pulled out some type of a sharp object and began thrusting it at the victim. The victim recalled he felt that his shirt became wet. The victim returned to his vehicle and fled the location as the suspect fled the area on foot.”
The victim drove away but lost consciousness and hit another vehicle in the area of Memorial and Columbia Drive.
“DeKalb County Police and medical personnel responded to the accident scene and the victim was transported to the hospital,” Ross said. “Decatur Police were contacted once the location of the original incident was determined. The victim sustained multiple lacerations to his body and is currently in critical condition.”
Police describe the suspect as a black male, approximately 5’9”, stocky build, carrying two black backpacks.
“This case is being investigated as an aggravated assault and entering auto,” Ross said. “If you have any additional information, please contact Inv. Edwards email@example.com or 678/553-6664 or contact Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404 577-Tips (8477) and remain anonymous.”