A MAN was undergoing surgery late on Thursday after he was stabbed on an Armidale doorstep earlier in the day.
The Leader can reveal the 24-year-old Armidale man suffered one stab wound to his hand after an alleged confrontation at the front of a Brown Street unit on Thursday morning.
Detectives allege a 45-year-old man stabbed the victim once when a verbal altercation broke out about 11.45am.
The victim fled and left a trail of blood as he ran to the nearby Bunnings store in Barney Street, and raised the alarm with staff.
Ambulance and police rushed to the scene to find a pool of blood and the man bleeding from the hand.
He was assessed at the scene by paramedics and taken to Armidale hospital where he was undergoing surgery.
He was believed to be in a stable condition and police said his injuries were not considered life threatening.
“The 45-year-old man was arrested a short time later at a Brown Street unit and taken to Armidale Police Station,” a spokesperson for New England police said.
“He was questioned by detectives and was charged late on Thursday afternoon with one count of reckless wounding.”
He was questioned by detectives and was charged late on Thursday afternoon with one count of reckless wounding.- New England police spokesperson
Investigators cordoned off the Brown Street unit and part of the front of the Bunnings store which were declared crime scenes.
Officers were seen guarding the two locations as specialist forensic police were deployed to comb the areas with blood spatters and trails examined by officers.
Bunnings remained opened throughout the day, with just part of the carpark near the trade entrance cordoned off to customers in the afternoon.
The 45-year-old man was still in custody late on Thursday and is expected to appear in court at a later date.
Detectives will allege the pair were known to one another and the stabbing followed a dispute between the pair.
Investigations into the incident are continuing.
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