MVPD

MOUNT VERNON – A Mount Vernon man was charged with felonious assault after allegedly stabbing another man on Wednesday night.

Joshua Parker, 26, was arrested after allegedly stabbing Christopher Starmer, 24, at 307 Spruce St. in Mount Vernon, according to an initial report filed by the Mount Vernon Police Department. The two were reportedly involved in an altercation before the stabbing at 5:49 p.m.

Police recovered two steak knives, a hunting knife, and a razor blade from the crime scene, according to the report. A marijuana pipe and rolling papers were also recovered.

Starmer, who lives at 306 N. Harrison St., suffered a “severe laceration,” according to the police report. He was transported to Knox Community Hospital before being transferred to a Columbus hospital, MVPD Chief Robert Morgan said in a press release. Det. Matt Haver said the victim's condition was unknown Thursday morning.

Parker was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Knox County Jail, where he was being held without bond.

The incident remains under investigation. Haver said police plan to interview "several" witnesses who were at the residence.

Haver shared little information on the incident.

"It was an altercation between two people," Haver said. "One of them lives there and one of them doesn't."

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