By Joe Beck --firstname.lastname@example.org
LINDEN - Warren County deputies arrested a 32-year-old man Tuesday evening at the scene of a stabbing on Apple Mountain in which authorities say the victim was severely injured.
In a press release, Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said the victim was flown to a trauma center for treatment of the injuries.
McEathron identified the suspect as Ricky Brian Henry, a county jail inmate who is serving a sentence on drug-related charges and was a participant in the work release home monitoring program. The victim's identity was not released.
McEathron said his agency responded to the stabbing in the Linden area at about 5:50 p.m.
A medical evacuation helicopter circled over the mountain as emergency vehicles swarmed the crime scene and McIntosh Drive leading up into Apple Mountain was closed to traffic. Traffic on the exit ramp from Interstate 66 at the foot of Apple Mountain was blocked off by Virginia State Police.
The helicopter landed on the entrance ramp onto I-66 shortly before 6:30 p.m. as a crew of paramedics about 100 yards away worked behind a sheet on someone lying on a stretcher. Around 6:30 p.m., the paramedics wheeled the stretcher bearing a motionless figure out from behind the ambulance and up the exit ramp to the waiting helicopter.
The helicopter was airborne within a matter of minutes and headed straight east.
Four Sheriff's Office investigators continued to gather evidence at the crime scene throughout several showers that fell during the evening.
Traffic began to move along the entrance and exit ramps of I-66 shortly thereafter, although Apple Mountain remained closed to traffic as of 10 p.m.