Arrest made in stabbing

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Belfast man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault last week, in connection with the stabbing a man on Tuesday last week.

Johnny L. Sanders, 31, turned himself in on Friday, Lewisburg Police Detective Sgt. David Henley said Tuesday. County Jail records show that Sanders was released on bond later that same day, Dec. 28.

His bond was set at $7,500, and he's due in General Sessions Court on Feb. 1.

The victim, Jeffrey Mitchell, 20, of Woodlawn Avenue, was taken to Marshall Medical Center on Dec. 28, treated and then flown by helicopter ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he was released the next morning, Henley said last week.

The stabbing was behind the Food Lion grocery at about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 28, when Mitchell was involved in an altercation with a white male armed with a knife.

"As a result of the altercation Mitchell was stabbed once in the lower back and received other injuries which were non-life threatening," Henley said.

According to a report by Police Officer John Christmas, Mitchell described his assailant as a Hispanic male that he had never seen before. Henley said that during their investigation, detectives uncovered information that led them to believe this was not a correct description. After further questioning, Mitchell pointed them in the direction of Sanders, who was not a stranger to him.

"They knew of each other," Henley said, though he refused to speculate on motivation for the attack, saying detectives were "still investigating."

Henley said Sanders was brought in for questioning, and then a warrant was obtained for his arrest and he turned himself in.

Henley said additional arrests in the case were unlikely.

Police appreciate the public's support, Henley said, asking "anyone with information relating to this or any other crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 359-4867 or the Lewisburg Police Criminal Investigations Division at 359-3800." Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are given an identity code to be used for the collection of a reward if the information proves useful.