Police charge man in stabbing

Austin Jeffries

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities accused a town teenager of stabbing a man late Thursday night.

Police responded to the area of 622 S. Royal Ave. for a report of a fight. Officers arrived at about 10:40 p.m. and found a man lying in the road in the 100 block of Beeden Lane suffering from a stab wound, according to information from the Front Royal Police Department issued Friday afternoon.

Officers arrested Austin Lee Jeffries, 18, of Front Royal, Thursday night without incident and charged him with malicious wounding. Online records did not show when Jeffries is scheduled to appear in Warren County General District Court on the charge.

Officers identified the victim as Marvin Garrett, 49, of Front Royal. Emergency responders took Garrett to Warren Memorial Hospital where workers stabilized the man and then transported him to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation led officers to arrest Jeffries and take the suspect to Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail where he was held without bond pending a hearing in Warren County General District Court.

Detective David Fogle said Friday that Garrett suffered a knife wound to the shoulder. Officers recovered the suspected weapon at the scene. They located the suspect a short distance from where the incident occurred, Fogle said. Investigators are still trying to determine why the fight occurred, Fogle added.

Garrett had been released from Winchester Medical Center as of Friday afternoon.

The incident occurred less than a month after a judge in Warren County Circuit Court granted Jeffries’ release on bond. A grand jury indicted Jeffries on Nov. 6 on charges of obtaining money by fraud and manufacturing or distributing an imitation illegal drug. Jeffries pleaded no contest in the court on June 20 to one count of credit card fraud for which he received a two-year prison sentence, all time suspended, and two years of supervised probation. Court records show Jeffries received a 12-month jail sentence on Oct. 10 in Warren County General District Court for obtaining money by fraud.

Anyone with information about this case can contact Fogle at 636-2208 or at dfogle@frontroyalva.com.

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