Hopkins County man in ICU; says he was stabbed in robbery try
By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor
Aug 27, 2007 - A Hopkins County man remains in the intensive care unit at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital after losing a large amount of blood in a stabbing incident Saturday.
The man, 54, told Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigator Andy Chester he was stabbed when someone demanded he hand over his wallet.
"He lost a lot of blood," Chester said today. "He's been in ICU for awhile."
The man told Chester he and his wife had an argument just after midnight Saturday at their home on FM 69 north of Dike. He said he left the house, walking, and was about 40 yards down the road when he heard a car slowing behind him.
"He thought it was probably someone who was going to ask him if he needed a ride, so he stopped," Chester said.
Instead, he told Chester, a Hispanic male got out of the car and told him to hand over his wallet. When he refused, the Dike man was stabbed in the lower left abdomen. The assailant then drove off.
"He made it back to his home and laid down in the bathroom floor," Chester related.
Chester said the man's wife, who had fallen asleep before he made it back home, awoke at 3 a.m. and found him still in the bathroom, but he apparently declined to seek medical treatment at that time.
"He said he tried to tough it out," Chester said. "He didn't think the wound was that bad."
By 8 a.m., however, it was apparent the injury was severe, and his wife called 911 to summon an ambulance.
Chester said he plans to speak the the man again about the incident and will return to the scene for more investigation. He also said any help from the public would be appreciated.
The would-be robber was described as less than 5 feet, 11 inches in height. The stabbing victim said he couldn't give a good description because the other man had a cap pulled down low over his face, and the car's lights were in the victim's eyes.
The car was said to be yellow or orange in color, with tall and narrow taillights.
"We aske that if anyone in that area has seen a car that might even remotely fit that description to give us a call," Chester said.
The sheriff's office can be reached by calling 904-438-4040.