MANSFIELD — One man is in custody after admitting to police he stabbed another Thursday night on East First Street.
The victim, Marvin James Ward, 33, was listed in fair condition at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital late Thursday.
Keith Porch, watch commander at the Mansfield Police Department, said Derrick Hunt, 44, surrendered peacefully at his home on East Arch Street minutes after the fight, which occurred at about 9:30 p.m.
The Mansfield man has been charged with felonious assault and will appear in court Monday morning. He is in Richland County Jail.
“There was a verbal argument between the two and then (Hunt) stabbed (Ward) in what he said was self-defense. That was all (Hunt) would say,” Porch said. “He admitted that there was an argument and that he stabbed him.”
Porch said Ward, who was stabbed once in the chest, identified the suspect by name when police arrived.
He passed out while the Mansfield Fire Department loaded him into an ambulance.
Porch said after the altercation took place in the street, a woman pulled Ward into her home, 223 E. First St., to help him and then called 9-1-1.
She declined to comment.
The weapon, which Porch said is a folding lock-blade knife, has been recovered.
Ward’s friend, Ryan Black, called out to Ward as he was being loaded onto the stretcher.
“You’re going to be OK, man,” he said, shaking his head. “This is crazy.”
Black, who lives in the neighborhood, believed the argument was over money.
“People ran into my house and said he was stabbed,” he said. “I was really upset. I took my shirt off because I thought I was going to have to fight.
“(Ward) is usually a nice guy. He works on cars, but doesn’t have a job. He just does odd jobs. He just got out of jail … and didn’t need all this.
“I hope he gets better and I hope he doesn’t make whatever mistake he made tonight ever again.”