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Man stabbed over verbal altercation

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Ethan Smith, 20, of Russells Point, was stabbed by an unknown black male suspect around 9:30 p.m. Saturday after a verbal altercation in the 100 block of Spring Avenue.

Witnesses told officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department people in the area were yelling at a black female driver of a sport utility vehicle to slow down.

She stopped and the male suspect got out. Mr. Smith and the suspect exchanged words before the suspect stabbed the victim in the abdomen.

The suspect jumped back into the SUV and the driver sped off.

Mr. Smith was transported by a private vehicle to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment. Police did not have an update on his condition this morning.

A knife was recovered at the scene.

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