April 17, 2014

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Argument between coworkers leads to stabbing in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — A Laurel Road resident reportedly stabbed his friend in the back with an 8-inch kitchen knife during an argument early Wednesday, according to police.

The 19-year-old male victim was listed in good condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday night.

Blackburn

Blackburn

Christopher Blackburn, 21, of 4425 Laurel Road, Apt. 112, is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony. He was in the Medina County Jail on $150,000 bond Wednesday.

Detective Brian Schmitt said Blackburn turned himself in to police around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday but would not say what he had done.

“He kept saying ‘You’ll find out,’ ” Schmitt said.

A short while later, Schmitt said, Southwest General Health Center employees in Brunswick alerted police they had a stabbing victim who had been brought in by two people who witnessed the attack.

From there, police charged Blackburn in the stabbing, he said.

Detective Dean Weinhardt said the victim sustained injuries to his back and neck.

Blackburn and the victim, also a Brunswick resident, and the two witnesses were at Blackburn’s apartment when the incident took place, Schmitt said.

After the witnesses brought the victim to the hospital, he was transported to Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights and then transferred to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Schmitt said.

He said Blackburn and the victim work together at a local Burger King restaurant.

While the incident remains under investigation, Blackburn reportedly accused the victim of spreading rumors about him.

The victim denied the accusations, at which point Blackburn allegedly obtained a kitchen knife and stabbed him, according to a police report.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.