A McDowell County man was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with allegedly stabbing a friend after a verbal argument turned physical and resulted in the victim receiving multiple stab wounds.
Rick J. Jones, 33, of the Frog Level Section of Coalwood, was arrested on charges of malicious wounding, domestic assault, domestic battery and brandishing related to an incident that took place late Friday night, also in Coalwood. Jones appeared for his arraignment on Saturday before McDowell County Magistrate Steve Cox who set his bond at $25,000 cash and property. Jones was being held Saturday evening at the McDowell County holding facility.
Troopers R.W. Justus and C.A. Dunn, both of the Welch Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, received a call from McDowell County 911 at 10:59 p.m. Friday night concerning a malicious wounding incident in the Coalwood area.
Justus and Dunn responded to the call where they encountered the victim, Kevin Ross, who had suffered multiple lacerations and knife wounds in his lower torso, his left side, his back and the lower part of his right arm. According to Justus’ report of the incident, the victim “had blood covering most of his body.”
The victim and his wife told the troopers that the suspect, Jones, had left the residence before police arrived. According to Justus, the victim and his wife stated that Jones lived with his father, Rick L. Jones, who has a residence in the Frog Level Section of Coalwood. The troopers traveled to the Frog Level residence where Rick L. Jones told the troopers that his son had left the residence about 5 minutes before they arrived, and added that his son was armed with a .40 caliber handgun.
Justus and Dunn were joined by Detective Ron Blevins and Deputy R. Jones, both of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and the four officers searched the Coalwood area for Jones. The responding officers eventually returned to the Rick L. Jones residence where they found the suspect and arrested him early Saturday morning.
The McDowell County EMS Authority transported Ross to Welch Community Hospital where he received initial treatment. Ross was later transported by ground to Charleston Area Medical Center.
Justus said that he had heard several possible motives, but did not speculate as to what may have prompted the alleged stabbing. He said that the incident remains under investigation.