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One arrested, one sought in Kingsport stabbing

January 9th, 2014 2:55 pm by Rain Smith

One arrested, one sought in Kingsport stabbing

Robin D. Arthur and Merry A. Stanley

Police are searching for a man accused in an early Thursday morning stabbing at a Kingsport mobile home park, while a woman allegedly involved has been arrested for accessory to attempted murder.

The victim was transported to a local hospital by EMS, treated and later released.

According to a press release from Kingsport police, officers responded to Barnett Drive at approximately 4 a.m. Thursday. They learned that the victim, whose identity is currently being withheld from the media, had exited his vehicle after arriving at lot no. 10.

While doing so, Merry A. Stanley, 50, of lot no. 5, allegedly yelled to the man, "Robin's going to get you!" Immediately thereafter Robin D. Arthur, 53, reportedly emerged from the shadows, attacking the other man with a knife.

Police say the two men were acquainted and had "been involved in a previous argument." No additional details on their dispute was provided.

The victim was treated for "severe lacerations" at Holston Valley Medical Center. Meanwhile, Stanley was arrested for accessory to attempted first-degree murder.

KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton says that she restrained the stabbing victim's wife during the incident, preventing the woman from defending her husband during the attack from Arthur.

Police are currently searching for Arthur, who shares Stanley's address of Barnett Drive, lot no. 5. He's charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Kingsport detectives at (423) 229-9429, or dial central dispatch at (423) 246-9111.

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