CHARLESTON -- A local 44-year-old was arrested following a stabbing reported Friday, according to city police.
Lorenzo Patton of Charleston was detained at approximately 12:10 p.m. Monday following an investigation into the reported stabbing.
According to Charleston police, the victim, who police did not name, was stabbed in the back by an initially unknown suspect in the alleyway of the 300 block of Madison Avenue. Tony West, Charleston police detective, said the blade used in the stabbing struck a rib, which West said may have prevented further injury.
The victim fled to nearby residence and called 911, West said. The report states Charleston emergency personnel responded to 116 Fourth St. The victim was sent to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he or she was treated and later released.
The kind of knife involved in the incident has not been determined. Police report officers investigated over the course of the weekend until the suspect, Patton, was identified.
Patton turned himself into the Coles County jail after a warrant for his arrest was issued. Patton was arrested on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery with a weapon.
West said Patton declined to make a statement to officers, but West noted police suspect that the stabbing was "drug-related."