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A Nebo man was stabbed Friday afternoon after getting into an altercation with a Bakersville man, deputies said.

McDowell County sheriff’s deputies have charged John Arthur West, 47, address listed as Bakersville, with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Shortly before noon on Friday, West and the victim, 42-year-old Michael Blake Thorne, address listed as Jenny Lind Drive, Nebo, got into a dispute at Thorne’s residence, at which time West brandished a pointed-tip tool and stabbed Thorne once in the torso.

The argument between the two reportedly started earlier at a construction site at McDowell Square Shopping Center, on U.S. 70 West, where both were working, then continued to Thorne’s property on Jenny Lind Drive.

Alcohol played a role in the altercation, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Thorne was taken to Mission Hospital in Asheville for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

West was taken into custody under a $10,000 bond. West has convictions dating back to 1992 for assault, firearm possession by a felon, discharging a weapon into an occupied residence, larceny and possession of a weapon on campus.

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