Buckhead man charged with assault, criminal property damage after stabbing 70-year-old, vehicle
By Patrick Yost
A Buckhead man faces aggravated assault and criminal damages to property charges after he allegedly stabbed a 70-year-old man in the wrist and apparently attacked the man's vehicle with a knife.
James Cayle Harwood, 44, was arrested Saturday at 11 a.m. after the victim reported to Morgan County Sheriff's Office deputies that Harwood had stabbed him.
According to reports, the victim told authorities that Harwood awoke "in a bad mood" and began shouting and using profanity at the victim.
The victim said Harwood attempted to punch him but failed and the victim then struck Harwood in the mouth with a closed fist. An altercation ensued, reports state, and Harwood allegedly bit the victim's finger.
The 70–year–old man said he then got away from Harwood but Harwood followed him, grabbed a seven–inch kitchen knife and during another attack he stabbed the man in the wrist. The man said he attempted to leave the Baldwin Dairy Road residence in his vehicle but Harwood cut the driver's side rear tire. He also allegedly stabbed the vehicle twice on the hood.
The victim and Harwood were both transported to Morgan Memorial Hospital by National EMS. Harwood was examined for a busted lip and then transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.
Printed in the September 20, 2012 edition