Court: Outlaws stabbing suspect found with bloody knife

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 17, 2014 

Joseph Drake

Police found a still-bloody knife in Joseph Drake's possession after launching a search for the 51-year-old, who was suspected of stabbing a man in the neck outside Outlaws Sunday, according to court testimony.

Drake faced an aggravated assault charge during a Monday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

When Officer Will Ragland arrived at the 6499 Veterans Parkway country night club at about 3:15 a.m., he found the 29-year-old Phenix City man bleeding profusely in the parking lot.

The victim and witnesses told police that three men in a silver Ford F-150 began harassing them verbally sometime earlier in the evening. The confrontation escalated into a fistfight, during which Drake is accused of pulling a knife and stabbing the victim, Ragland said.

Another officer stopped Drake in the F-150 after an alert was released advising police to search for the vehicle. While speaking with Drake, police noticed he appeared to have blood on his shirt. A bloody knife was later found in his possession.

The two other suspects were never detained. During the hearing, Drake said he is unaware why the victim and witnesses claim to have seen three men.

"It was just me and my wife that night," he said. "These three guys accosted me. They just jumped in my truck and started hitting me."

He told the court the knife found in his possession doesn't belong to him. The blood, he said, came from cutting his hand after he grabbed the knife.

Due to Drake's criminal history, Judge Michael Cielinski did not set bond on the aggravated assault during the hearing. He did not specify what prior charges Drake has faced.

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