Stabbing suspect turns himself in

Joshua Allen Cook

A suspect sought in a stabbing incident Nov. 13 has turned himself in to Front Royal police.

Joshua Allen Cook, 26, of 204 Virginia Ave., Front Royal, was being held in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail after a bail hearing Tuesday.

Cook was charged with malicious wounding after authorities identified him as the suspect in the Nov. 13 stabbing of Bradley Rich, 18.

Police say Cook fled the scene of the stabbing before officers arrived to investigate.

Cook turned himself in Monday evening.

Sgt. Crystal Cline of the Front Royal Police said the stabbing was the result of an argument between Cook and Rich.

“Both of them were just running their mouths back to each other, and they started an altercation with each other,” Cline said.

Police say Cook stabbed Rich in the chest and cut him in the face during the incident.

Rich was taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of injuries that police described as non-life threatening.

“He’s been released from the hospital,” Cline said of Rich.

Cook’s next court appearance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 20 in Warren County General District Court.

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