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Huntington residents speak out about recent stabbings

A 17-year-old was detained in connection with Sunday's stabbing, and Joseph Abner, 23 was arrested Thursday for felony battery with a deadly weapon.

Posted: Feb 10, 2018 6:36 PM
Updated: Feb 10, 2018 10:14 PM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT)- Huntington has seen two stabbings this week. Both suspects have been arrested, and both of the victims were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The first stabbing happened Sunday in the 600 block of Oak Street. The second was Thursday at an apartment complex at 41 East Park Drive.

Residents in the area say they like their town because it's the kind of place where everyone knows everyone, and violence is rarely an issue.

"It's a nice, small community. I love it here," said Charles Thomas.

That hasn't been the case this week, though. A 17-year-old was detained in connection with Sunday's stabbing, and Joseph Abner, 23 was arrested Thursday for felony battery with a deadly weapon.

A local game shop owner said Abner was a frequent customer of his.

"He's been in here several times. He buys video games on a fairly regular basis," said Todd Nightenhelser.

Nightenhelser said Abner never seemed violent.

"Not like I knew him personally or even very well but, as a customer he was always kind and polite when he came and bought video games," he said.

Some residents blame drugs for the violence in Huntington.

"I still think it's a little early in the year to see a pattern emerge just yet. If I were to make an assumption and make a leap, I think a lot of it has to do with the meth and the opioid epidemic," said Scott McElhaney.

They said this week doesn't make them question the safety of their small town, though.

"My grandfather taught me many years ago, 'Don't alter your life by what others do. Just keep doing what you're doing and go on about your daily routine and live life,'" Thomas said.

Both stabbings are still under investigation by Huntington police.

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