By Joe Johnson
A 42-year-old Athens man reportedly was stabbed in the chest early Wednesday in east Athens, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.
Police responded at 5:5p a.m. to Vine and Gressom streets where the victim was found to have an L-shaped laceration to his upper torso, according to the report.
The Dowdy Road resident told officers he was sitting on a wall there when a black male he knew only as “Mario” started to use crack cocaine.
In response, Mario “began to give (the victim) shit” and then stabbed him with a kitchen knife that had a black handle, the report noted.
When asked to demonstrate the attack, the victim raised his fist up high and then brought it down in a stabbing motion, according to the police report.
Mario, who was described as being in his late 20s and wearing a black pull-over sweater, dark sweat pants and black “lo-top”shoes, was last seen turning onto Arch Street as he ran away, according to the report.
A witness reportedly told police that Mario was known to “act wild.”
Officers checked a criminal database and located a Mario who had a history with police in the area of the stabbing, but the report noted there was not enough evidence to list him as a suspect.
The victim was transported by National EMS to a location that was redacted from the publicly-released version of the incident report.