Couple reportedly cut each other with same knife during altercation in Hawkins

Jeff Bobo • May 31, 2013 at 12:08 AM

MOUNT CARMEL — Charges are pending against a couple who allegedly injured each other with the same knife during a domestic altercation early Wednesday morning.

Police said alcohol was a factor in the incident.

Around 2:17 a.m. Wednesday, Mount Carmel Police Department Lt. Kevin Ewing responded to 823 Hammond Ave. Lot 5 on a stabbing complaint.

Upon his arrival Ewing met Blake Curtis Hurst, 42, 1121 E. Center St. No. 7, Kingsport, who was bleeding heavily from a stab wound on his upper left arm.

Hurst reportedly stated he’d been stabbed by his girlfriend, Jodie Leigh Young, 30, 823 Hammond Ave. Lot 6, Mount Carmel. Hurst was then transported to the Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of his wound.

Ewing then made contact with Young at her residence and reportedly observed her to have a cut on her right cheek and a large swollen area on her left cheek.

“Young stated Hurst was ‘stressed out’ over work earlier in the day and had gotten violent and assaulted her,” Ewing said. “She said at one point he used the knife to cut her on the right cheek. Young said Hurst told her ‘I’ll (expletive) slit your throat’ as he was cutting her on the face.”

Ewing added, “Young said she was able to get the knife away from Hurst while they were wrestling near the front door. She said after she got the knife she swung it backwards with her right hand striking Hurst in the upper left arm. Young said Hurst was trying to get out the door when she stabbed him.”

Both Hurst and Young were intoxicated and no written statement was taken.

Young stated, however, that she was “in fear for her life.”

MCPD Chief Mike Campbell said Thursday a large amount of blood was located inside Young’s residence, and the knife was recovered and taken into evidence.

Campbell said Hurst and Young are both being investigated as potential suspects.

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