Stabbing sends man to Morgantown hospital

An Elkins man was life-flighted to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown for treatment Wednesday night after another Elkins man allegedly stabbed him in the chest following a text messaging argument.

Sometime before 10 p.m. Wednesday, Roy Horton, 60, of 203 Randolph Ave., allegedly stabbed the victim, Cody Simmons, in the left chest area, puncturing his lung, police said. The incident allegedly took place in the doorway of Horton’s apartment on Randolph Avenue.

The Elkins Police Department arrested Horton early Thursday morning and charged him with one count of malicious assault, a felony.

He is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond, set by Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler.

A Ruby Memorial Hospital spokeswoman said Simmons was in fair condition as of Thursday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s office, Patrolman M.J. Sigley, the investigating officer, was dispatched to the Davis Memorial Hospital emergency room at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Simmons told Sigley the conflict began when he was “confronting” Horton via text messages earlier in the evening “about a situation with his father,” the complaint states.

“Cody (Simmons) stated that he advised Roy (Horton) he was on his way over (to Horton’s residence) to settle the situation civilly or in another way,” Sigley wrote in the complaint.

Simmons told the officer he rang Horton’s bell three times upon arriving at his apartment.

Horton allegedly opened the door, shoved Simmons and said, “I stabbed you twice,” according to Sigley’s report.

“Cody stated that at first he did not think anything was wrong, then he felt a pain in his left chest area,” Sigley wrote. “Cody stated that he noticed blood coming through his shirt” so he left Horton’s residence and drove himself to the hospital.

Sigley photographed a laceration on Simmons’ left chest area below his pectoral muscle that was “consistent with a stabbing type of knife wound,” according to the complaint.

However, because Simmons was sedated and in the process of being prepared to be life-flighted to Ruby Memorial Hospital where he was to be treated for a punctured lung, the officer was unable to obtain a written statement.

Horton was subsequently arrested and remained in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail at presstime.

The penalty for a conviction of malicious assault is confinement in the state penitentiary for two to 10 years.

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