A Smithville man is charged with breaking into his neighbor's apartment and assaulting another neighbor with a knife.
Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger said 37 year old Russell Blackwell of City Walk Apartments on East Bryant Street is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated burglary. His bond totals $20,000 and he will be in court on October 31.
According to Detective Brandon Donnell, who investigated the case, Smithville Police received a call of a stabbing on Tuesday at City Walk Apartments. "Sergeant Andy Snow contacted me and I initiated an investigation. It was determined that Blackwell forced his way into an apartment, causing damage to the front door, and started fighting with the resident there. As another neighbor got between the two to try and break up the fight, Blackwell allegedly pulled a large kitchen knife and cut the neighbor several times who was trying to stop the fight. After the assault, Blackwell ran out of the apartment and allegedly threw the knife on top of the building before returning to his own residence in the apartment complex," said Detective Donnell.
After witnesses identified Blackwell as the man responsible for the assault, police went to his apartment where they found Blackwell and placed him under arrest. The knife was also retrieved from the top of the apartment building.
The wounded man in the knife attack was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital where he was treated and released.