Fight turns to violent stabbing, suspect under arrest

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LaGRANGE, Ga — A Hogansville man recovers in a local hospital Thursday morning after allegedly being stabbed by an acquaintance during an argument. Officers say it happened at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of Riverside Drive.

The 26-year-old suspect Christian A. Juarez was arrested and taken to the Troup County Jail, says Capt. Michael Caldwell, chief investigator with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.

The unidentified victim had been fighting off and on with Juarez throughout the night at various locations, Caldwell says.

Juarez and the victim were driving to visit an acquaintance who lived on Riverside Drive when the argument escalated. That is when Juarez allegedly pulled out a knife and started stabbing the victim.

The man managed to get out of the car and ran from home to home, screaming for help while Juarez continued to stab him, Caldwell says. The suspect then slashed the victim’s throat, nicking his carotid artery.

A homeowner opened their door and started trying to help the victim while someone called 911, says Caldwell.

The victim was airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment and is expected to survive, according to Caldwell.

Juarez was charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and remains in the Troup County Jail Wednesday evening awaiting a bond hearing.

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