UPDATE: Charges Pending after Fight and Stabbing in Huntington

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 4/30/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charges are pending against two people who police say started a fight that ended with them being stabbed.

The stabbing happened about 1:30 Monday afternoon in the 900-block of 5th Avenue.

Police say James Kerlavage and Betty Christian were walking down 5th Avenue with a group of people.

Witnesses tell WSAZ.com that the group had open containers of alcohol. They say that Harold Howell, the assistant manager of an apartment complex in the area, told the group they were not allowed to have the open containers in the entryway of the complex.

Police say Howell also told them that they were banned from the complex.

Witnesses say that's when Kerlavage and Christian started hitting Howell, knocking him to the ground, and he fought back.

"There was four more people sitting on his legs. That's when [he] pulled the knife out, trying to defend himself, 'cause they was bloodying him up and everything. Yes, he did stab the girl in the hand and the guy in the stomach, but he was defending himself," said Gregory Baker, who witnessed the incident.

James Kerlavage and Betty Christian were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say charges are pending against them.

Another witness at the scene says this is all a sign of the times.

"There's just something about our younger generation these days. They just don't have no respect for people like us, that are handicapped or disabled," Gary Carney said.

At this time, Huntington Police tell WSAZ.com they do not expect to file charges against Howell.

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ORIGINAL STORY 4/29/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people have been taken to the hospital after a reported stabbing in Huntington.

The incident happened outside of an apartment building in the 900-block of 5th Avenue about 1:30 Monday afternoon.

Huntington Police are not releasing much information at this time, but witnesses say a man and woman were walking down 5th Avenue with open containers of alcohol.

Witnesses tell WSAZ.com that a man outside the apartment complex told to the two that they needed to move on, and weren't allowed to have open containers outside of the complex. Witnesses say that's when the two started beating up the man and got him down on the ground.

During the fight, police say the man pulled out a knife, stabbing the man in the side and the woman in the hand.

Both were taken to the hospital.

We have a crew on the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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