MOUNT VERNON — A homeless man wanted in a Tuesday stabbing incident is also a suspect in a prior stabbing involving the same victim.
Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said a warrant has been issued for Andrew C. Newcomb, 34, who allegedly stabbed two people and struck another with baseball bat Tuesday in Mount Vernon.
Common Pleas Court Adult Probation has also placed a holder on Newcomb, McConville said.
According to McConville, Newcomb is believed to be the person who caused stab wounds to one of the alleged victims in Tuesday’s case in another incident in October. The alleged victim, a 32-year-old woman, declined to make a statement and no charges were filed, McConville said.
The prior stabbing incident was mentioned by the alleged victim’s mother in a 911 call reporting the stabbings Tuesday. In the 911 call, the mother said the previous stabbing occurred Oct. 18.
Before the two stabbing incidents, Newcomb was charged in an April grand jury indictment with assaulting the same woman. Newcomb was originally charged with felony domestic violence, but pleaded guilty July 20 to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault. Newcomb was sentenced to one year of monitored time by adult probation.
McConville said the plea deal came about due to problems proving that Newcomb and the woman were cohabitating, a condition that had to be met for the domestic violence charge.
The stabbings occurred Tuesday around 4:50 a.m. at a 200 block Shirley Avenue residence. According to Mount Vernon Police reports, the woman and a man suffered stab wounds and the woman’s mother was struck in the head and back with a baseball bat. Newcomb reportedly fled from the scene on foot.
The 32-year-old woman was treated and released from Knox Community Hospital. The condition of the man and mother are not known.