PARKERSBURG - One person has been arrested and another remains at-large after a stabbing on Grafton Street Thursday, officials said Friday.
Officers with the Parkersburg Police Department have identified the individuals involved thanks to the help of witnesses and the arrest already made, said Parkersburg Police Chief Joseph Martin.
The information provided to officers by these sources indicated that Casey Saunders, 22, of Parkersburg, James Anderson, 21, of Parkersburg and James Bruce Jr, 28, of Parkersburg were involved in a fight on the 800 block of Grafton Street at 2:35 p.m. Thursday, Martin said.
Anderson was previously wanted on charges of burglary, and Saunders was previously wanted on charges of burglary, grand larceny and failure to appear in court after being indicted by the September 2013 grand jury, Martin said.
At some point during the fight, Keith Joy, 47, of Parkersburg intervened, said Martin. Joy informed the other three that the police had been called and were coming to break up the fight, said Martin.
When Joy said this, Saunders, Anderson and Bruce then joined together and attacked Joy instead, said Martin.
Joy picked up a branch that had fallen from a nearby tree and used it to defend himself from the attackers, said Martin. Joy claims he warned the attackers to stay away from him.
When Bruce refused to listen to Joy's warning and came toward Joy, the branch was used in a defensive manner, Martin said.
The branch stabbed Bruce in the throat, said Martin. The wounds Bruce received were not life threatening, said Martin.
When police arrived, Bruce was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center, where he underwent minor surgery for his stab wound, said Martin.
Anderson and Saunders fled the scene after the stabbing, said Martin. Joy remained on scene until the police arrived.
Bruce was released from CCMC on Friday and taken into police custody, said Martin. He was being questioned by police Friday afternoon.
Following an investigation, detectives and uniformed officers arrived at 944 Latrobe St. Thursday afternoon in an attempt to locate Saunders and Anderson, said Martin.
Detectives and officers located Anderson after he attempted to flee from Latrobe Street, said Martin. Anderson was arrested on charges of obstructing and possession of a controlled substance, Martin said. He will also face his previous charges of burglary.
Anderson was arraigned on Thursday and failed to meet his $2,000 bond for the misdemeanor charges involved with the fight, said Martin.
No charges are expected to be filed against Joy, said Martin.
The investigation is ongoing. Once the investigation is complete, Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton will make the decision on whether to prosecute the case or present it to the January 2014 grand jury, said Martin.
Saunders remains at-large, said Martin. Anyone with information on Saunders' whereabouts should call 911 or the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-844 or leave a tip on the police website at www.parkersburgpolice.com.