Lincoln County man hospitalized after stabbing over car and money

earriero@charlotteobserver.comNovember 17, 2013 

One man was hospitalized and another charged after an argument over a car and some money resulted in a stabbing Saturday night in Iron Station, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities responded to a call for service about 8 p.m. Saturday at a home at 4841 East N.C. 27. When they arrived, they found several people in the front yard and Samuel Justus Jr., 24, of Georgetown Road in Lincolnton, lying on a swing on the porch bleeding from a wound to the stomach, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect, Justin Trey Brown, 28, of 4841 East N.C. 27 in Iron Station, was still inside the residence and had locked the front door and the back door of the house, refusing to let officers enter.

Deputies entered through the front door and found the suspect standing in the living room with the knife on the floor beside him, the release said. Brown was ordered to the floor and complied. Then he was arrested.

Brown told officers that he and Justus had gotten into a heated argument, which is when the stabbing occurred, according to the release.

Justus was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln and then airlifted to CMC in Charlotte for treatment.

Brown was taken to the magistrate’s office and charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.

His first appearance will be Monday in Lincoln County District Court.

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