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Smoky's House BBQ

Traffic passes Smoky's House BBQ restaurant on Tuesday after a stabbing was reported at the establishment, located along Lincoln Avenue in Charleston.

CHARLESTON -- Initially reported as a stabbing at Smoky's House BBQ, an incident Tuesday actually involved an Effingham man now accused of hitting his brother with an empty box cutter, police said.  

Anthony M. Fisher, 23, faces preliminary charges of aggravated domestic battery following the incident at approximately 12:27 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot between Smoky's and the BP gas station, according to police officials.

Tony West, Charleston police detective, said the brothers were having an argument in a car in the parking lot. The incident escalated to the point when Fisher battered his brother with the empty box cutter before fleeing the scene, West said.

The victim did not sustain any major injuries outside of some scrapes and scratches, West said. The victim refused medical treatment for his injuries.

Eastern Illinois University Police and Coles County Sheriff's Office officers helped Charleston police in a search for Fisher shortly after the incident, and he was later found in the 800 block of 18th Street.

Fisher was sent to the Coles County jail following his arrest. 

An alert about the incident was sent out to the Eastern Illinois University campus community early in the afternoon. Kent Martin, Eastern Illinois University Police chief, said an alert was sent out because the suspect at the time was reportedly heading in the direction of campus and was "a block or two from campus." Martin said the department wanted to ensure the EIU community was aware. 

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Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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