Update: 17-year-old accused of stabbing juvenile near Columbus Park Crossing faces aggravated assault charges

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 19, 2013 

Update (Wednesday, 2:09 p.m.) A 17-year-old accused of stabbing a 16-year-old boy near Columbus Park Crossing Monday faced charges of aggravated assault and simple battery during a 9 a.m. Recorder's Court hearing Wednesday.

Jared Johnson, 17, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault Monday after he was accused of stabbing a 16-year-old in the road near Columbus Park Crossing. Although he was arrested Monday night, his name was not in the jail log at the Muscogee County Jail and details of his arrest were not recorded in the original police reports.

An officer told the court that the stabbing, which happened at about 10 p.m., started with an argument over a girl.

Johnson was one of three cars driving in the area involved in the incident. As he was driving, he heard boys from the two other cars shouting in a threatening manner, seemingly at him. Police later learned those boys were arguing over an ex-girlfriend.

When they arrived at a stoplight, Johnson got out and approached the vehicle in front of him. The driver allegedly approached him in a threatening manner, so he shoved him away, which escalated into a shoving match, the officer said. During the skirmish, a third boy came up behind Johnson and punched him in the head.

The officer then described for several minutes a fight which erupted between Johnson and the third boy. During the fight, Johnson allegedly stabbed the boy in the chest with a 4- to 6-inch Gerber knife. The victim later told police he didn't realize he had been stabbed until he felt the blood.

The victim was transported to Saint Francis Hospital. As of Wednesday morning, he is still in intensive care.

Police later took Johnson into custody. When he was questioned, he told police he had used the knife out of self defense. He also said he had thrown the knife into a wooded area a distance away from the scene, but when Johnson later accompanied police to find the weapon, they were unable to locate it. The officer recounting the incident told the court he believes the knife may have slid under some pine straw on the ground.

The officer noted Johnson was cooperative during the investigation and that it was his first offense.

Judge Michael Cielinski set Johnson's bond at $5,500. The case has been forwarded to Superior Court.

Original story:

A 16-year-old boy was stabbed by a 17-year-old Monday night near Adams Farm Drive and Whittlesey Boulevard, according to a Columbus Police Department report.

Police responded to the scene at about 9:45 p.m. Monday after receiving reports that someone had been cut or stabbed. When they arrived, the victim had already been taken to St. Francis Hospital.

An officer learned that the victim had been stabbed in the right upper chest by a 17-year-old boy, who was also named as a victim of battery during the same incident. A second 16-year-old was also involved in the skirmish.

No arrests were made. The 17-year-old was charged with aggravated assault. Two counts of battery were also associated with the incident, but were not charged to a suspect.

No further information was provided.

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