NEW CASTLE — A West Side man is in jail after allegedly stabbing a man multiple times with a kitchen knife.
New Castle police charged Reginald Anderson Murphy, 26, of 353 Halco Drive in connection with the incident around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The victim told police Murphy had stabbed him during an argument while he was driving.
He had gone to Jameson Hospital for treatment of 10 stab wounds. Hospital personnel reported to police that the victim had told emergency room personnel he had been stabbed. They reported the wounds were to his right arm, back and right side of his face but said no vital organs had been injured.
The man received three sutures and 54 staples to close his wounds, police reported.
He told police he had gone to the methadone clinic with Murphy that morning then went shopping. While they were in a Union Township store, they argued over a prior incident. The man told police he was driving his Trailblazer east on State Street approaching Lowry Street when they began arguing again. He said the disagreement escalated and he pulled into the median and told Murphy to get out.
He said Murphy began hitting him on his right side, then he realized Murphy had a steak knife in his hand and was actually stabbing him, according to police.
He said Murphy got out of the car but tried to get into the driver’s side and as he began to drive away, Murphy punched the window.
The man said he drove himself to the hospital.
A road construction worker on State Street said he had seen the Trailblazer pull onto the median strip and a short time later he saw a man get out of the passenger’s side and go to the driver’s side and punch the vehicle.
Police arrested Murphy at his apartment. The shirt he had been wearing was in a plastic grocery bag and police also took a cell phone and a butter knife from his pocket.
Murphy told police he believed he had been stabbed, because during the fight, the other man was hitting him and he felt something warm on his right arm.
Police said Murphy had a small cut on his right little finger.
Murphy faces one count each of criminal attempt at homicide, simple assault and a weapons violation and two counts of aggravated assault.
He was arraigned by District Judge Jennifer Nicholson and lodged in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.