UPDATE: New York man charged in Monday stabbing incident claims victim ‘bust in’ on him while he was in the bathroom, officers said

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UPDATE (12/22/2020 11:07 a.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A New York man charged in a stabbing incident on Monday claims the victim “bust in” on him while he was in the bathroom, officers said.

On Dec. 21, officers with the Morgantown Police Department were dispatched to the Barlett House in Morgantown in reference to a malicious wounding, according to a criminal complaint.

The call stated that Alonzo Young, 32, of New York, “had just stabbed someone and then fled north on University Avenue.” Officers later spotted a man matching Young’s description “walking at a rapid pace along Beechurst Avenue,” officers said.

When Young saw the officers’ cruiser, he “looked away and started walking faster,” but complied when officers ordered him to stop, according to the complaint, and officers saw him, they observed, “a large amount of blood all over his hands, jacket, pants, and shoes.”

Officers told Young to take his hands out of his pockets, to which he replied ‘just shoot me’; however, after speaking with Young, officers were able to place “him in handcuffs without incident,” officers said.

While speaking with officers, Young claimed that “the individual he allegedly stabbed had attacked him” and that Young was using the bathroom when the victim “was rushing [Young] and bust in” to the bathroom, according to the complaint.

Young claimed that the victim ‘reached into his[the victim’s] pocket, so [Young] reached into [Young’s] pocket and” pulled out his knife, which officers were able to locate in Young’s left pants pocket, officers said.

The victim was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital “and is expected to survive,” according to the complaint.

Young has been charged with malicious wounding. He is being held in North Central Regional Jail on a $50,012 bond.

ORIGINAL (12/21/2020 9:41 a.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Morgantown Police Department arrested a New York man for his alleged involvement in a malicious wounding incident on Monday morning.

According to officials, on December 21, 2020, at approximately 7:20 a.m., officers of the Morgantown Police Department responded to University Avenue to a report of malicious wounding.

The 911 dispatcher advised officers that the suspect reportedly stabbed a victim and then fled on foot. Medical personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital with stab wounds to his shoulder and back, officials explained.

At approximately 7:25 a.m., officers made contact with a person matching the suspect’s description near the intersection of Beechurst and University Avenue. Officers were able to identify the individual as the suspect.

Alonzo M. Young Jr. of New York, N.Y. was placed into custody and transported to the Morgantown Police Department. Young was charged with malicious wounding and is awaiting arraignment.

The incident is being investigated by the Morgantown Police Department. Anyone with additional information is asked to notify the Morgantown Police Department at 304-284-7522.

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