A 20-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old during a fight at the LaGuardo Recreation Center Sunday.
Wilson County Sheriff's Detectives Matt Edwards and Walker Woods arrested the suspect shortly after responding to a report by Deputy Nathan Montoya that a juvenile had been admitted to University Medical Center with multiple stab wounds. During an interview at UMC, the victim told the detectives he and suspect Joseph Ray Griffith had arranged via Facebook messages to meet for a fight at the recreation center at 2 a.m.
The victim said once he and a friend arrived, he was confronted near the recreation area by an irate Griffith, who immediately began cursing him and challenging him to fight. The pair began fighting when the victim said he allegedly noticed a knife in Griffith's hand. The victim said he hit his head on a rock during the altercation. At that point, several witnesses broke up the fight after which the victim noticed he had been stabbed several times.
Several witnesses helped bandage the 17-year-old, and a friend took him to his father's house. His father then took him to the hospital. The victim later told detectives the suspect had a switchblade knife and stabbed him four times, twice in the back and twice in the left side. He said he fell, hit his head on a rock and blacked out, according to detectives.
Detective Edwards obtained a warrant for aggravated assault from the Judicial Commissioner's office, and he and several other deputies and detectives arrested Griffith without incident at 616 Westview Drive.
The victim remains hospitalized in stable condition. Griffith, who has numerous previous charges including aggravated assault, remains in the Wilson County Correction Center under $7,000 bond. He has a court date set for February 18.