Weekend stabbing at a Red Bank apartment complex

Reported by: Erik Avanier
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Updated: 11/11/2013 11:45 pm
RED BANK, Tennessee(WDEF) - Red Bank police are investigating a weekend stabbing  that seriously injured one man.
It happened Sunday afternoon on the 100 block of Goodson Avenue.

Officers were called to investigate a stabbing that occurred inside an apartment at Crest View apartment complex.

"When the officers arrived on scene, they found the victim had been stabbed twice in the back," Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol

Neighbors told WDEF they couldn't believe what was unfolding right before their eyes.

"We saw someone run out in front of our window screaming ' help call 911.' My boyfriend ran out here. The guy was on the ground bleeding. He came in got a towel and pressed it on his wounds," said neighbor Dawn Altergott who's apartment is right next door to the crime scene.

"He was bleeding all down his shirt and it looked like his shirt was made of blood and he was not in good shape," said Dylan Lotufo who is also a neighbor.

The stabbing victim was identified as Robert McBride. He told authorities he was stabbed by Samuel Rice, 22, who live in the apartment where the stabbing took place.

Neighbors told WDEF that officers were unable to get inside the apartment. So they had to obtained a warrant but five hours later they received a 911 call from Rice.

"Officers arrived on the scene and found that he had laceration to his left hand as a result of the event that occurred earlier in the day," said Chief Christol.

Rice was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injury then later arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder.

WDEF spoke to a friend of Rice who was leaving the apartment. Christopher Johnson was inside taking pictures. He said almost every room in the apartment looked like a major crime scene.

"Kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom; all over. It's bad. Lots of blood," Johnson said.

Johnson showed WDEF a copy of the arrest warrant that was issued of Rice and said he visited with his friend in jail early Monday morning.

"He was disturbed like he couldn't remember what he did," Johnson said. He also said that he and Rice's immediate family members aren't exactly sure as to what events led to the stabbing but were very sad about the how things ended.

It's unclear how Rice and McBride knew each other but what is clear is the amount of shock in the community.

"For something to happen this close to us is very scary actually," said Derek Marshall who lives across the street from the apartment complex.

"These people had an altercation and it went pretty bad," said Lotufo.

Rice remains in jail on a $150,000 bond and he's no stranger to trouble. He was arrested earlier this year for DUI and possession of a controlled substance.
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