A Monett man has been arrested for use of a knife in a stabbing incident on Monday.
According to the Monett Police, witnesses at Dutch Maid Cleaners on East Cleveland saw a man running down the street being chased by another man with a knife. Both parties ran north.
Officers responding to the scene received assistance from a Lawrence County reserve deputy in the vicinity. Officers subdued the man identified as the knife holder and placed him in a patrol car.
The victim had a puncture wound causing the loss of blood. The victim told police the injury came from climbing over a fence and not a stabbing. The victim was taken to the Monett Justice Center but later complained of lightheadedness and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police Chief Tim Schweder said Derrick J. Lewis, 26, of Monett, has been charged by Lawrence County Prosecutor Robert George with unlawful use of a weapon, a Class D felony. Bond was set at $3,000. Schweder expected the prisoner to be transported to the Lawrence County Jail.
The victim, whom Schweder said was well acquainted with Lewis, declined to press charges for assault.
The knife believed to have been used in the incident was recovered in the alley by Dutch Maid Laundry.