L-burg man stabbed by unidentified assailant

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

By Karen Hall

Staff Writer

A Lewisburg man was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by helicopter ambulance in the early hours Sunday after being stabbed outside a local bar.

About 10 minutes after midnight, Christopher Blackwell, 41, of Robin Hood Road, called Lewisburg Police and told them he was on his way to Marshall Medical Center after being hurt in the parking lot of the Finish Line Bar.

Officer Jennifer McDonald reported she arrived at the Emergency Room at the same time as Blackwell, who was "holding his mid-section which was covered in blood."

Blackwell was able to tell McDonald that a verbal altercation started inside the bar between him and a man who refused to leave at closing time. The man was someone Blackwell had never seen before, according to McDonald's report. The two went outside to the parking lot, where the man was "cussing" at Blackwell and then stabbed him in the right side of his stomach.

The assailant then got into a dark-colored vehicle and left. No one was able to tell McDonald the tag number or the make and model of the vehicle.

Examination at MMC revealed that Blackwell had a lacerated liver, internal bleeding, and severed muscles. The LifeFlight helicopter was called to transport him to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Police are asking that anyone with information about this, or other crimes, to call CrimeStoppers at 359-4867 or the Lewisburg Police detectives at 359-3800.