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Blackwell accused of stabbing neighbor
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Smithville police have arrested a local man on charges that he broke into a residence at City Walk Apartments and assaulted a neighbor with a knife.Authorities said Russell Blackwel1, 37, faces charges of aggravated assault and aggravated burglary.According to Detective Brandon Donnell, the alleged stabbing occurred last Tuesday.“Sergeant Andy Snow contacted me and I initiated an investigation. It was determined that Blackwell forced his way into an apartment, causing damage to the front door, and started fighting with the resident there,” the detective shared.“As another neighbor got between the two to try and break up the fight, Blackwell allegedly pulled a large kitchen knife and cut the neighbor who was trying to stop the fight several times.”Donnell said Blackwell fled the apartment after the incident, and allegedly threw the knife on top of the building before returning to his own apartment in the complex.Witnesses reportedly identified Blackwell as the offender, and police placed him under arrest at his apartment.Police said the knife was retrieved from the top of the apartment building and held as evidence. The victim of the alleged assault was transported to DeKalb Community Hospital by DeKalb EMS, where he was treated and released.Blackwell’s bonds total $20,000 and he will appear in court on Oct. 31.While investigating the assault at City Walk, Snow was reportedly approached by a victim who stated that a family member had struck her in the mid-section with his cane.

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