Suspect stabs driver more than a dozen times with pocket knife

John Carlton Blackburn. Image source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department.
John Carlton Blackburn. Image source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department.

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A heated argument between two roommates is what the Harrison County Sheriff's Department says led to the stabbing of a man early Saturday morning.

Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara says the suspect 28-year-old John Carlton Blackburn of the 19000 block of Highway 53 in Harrison County faces a felony charge of aggravated assault.

Brisolara says the stabbing happened in a vehicle in the area of Highway 49 and Highway 53. The victim was driving. Blackburn, who is the victim's roommate and another roommate were passengers in that vehicle.

Deputies were at the scene around 2 a.m. and found the victim and the witness. Both confirmed Blackburn stabbed the victim using a pocket knife. Blackburn allegedly fled the scene when authorities arrived.

Maj. Ron Pullen said the victim was stabbed more than a dozen times. The victim was transported by AMR to an area hospital.

According to Pullen, the victim sustained the severest injuries to his neck and has undergone surgery on his neck. Pullen said the victim is getting surgery on his arm Monday. The victim remains in stable condition.

The pocket knife has not been recovered yet.

Blackburn was transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center under a $200,000 bond set by Judge Brandon Ladner.

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