Stoney Creek man charged in stabbing

Published 9:22 am Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MUGSHOT Frank Artigue

A Stoney Creek man is facing felony charges after police say he stabbed his girlfriend’s brother seven times during an argument over the weekend.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford arrested Justin Artigue, 19, 234 Panhandle Road, Elizabethton, and charged him with one count of aggravated assault.

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Officers of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department responded to the home at 234 Panhandle Road shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday after someone called 911 to report a stabbing.

“Upon my arrival, I observed a white male on the floor of the residence who was bleeding from multiple stab wounds to his chest, left side and back,” CCSD Sgt. Larry Vaughn said, adding the man was identified as John Ivanoff. Another man in the home, Brent Peters, was attempting to administer first aid to Ivanoff when officers arrived, Vaughn said.

Both Ivanoff and Peters identified Artigue as the man who had stabbed Ivanoff, Vaughn said, adding that Artigue had left the home before police arrived. The witnesses reported Artigue is dating Ivanoff’s sister and the two men had been involved in an argument, which led to a fist fight and ultimately resulted in Artigue stabbing Ivanoff.

The Carter County Rescue Squad transported Ivanoff to the Elizabethton Airport, where he was picked up by Wings Air Rescue and flown to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.

After Ivanoff was taken for medical treatment, Artigue returned to the home and was taken into custody.

While speaking to investigators, Artigue said he may have cut Ivanoff but he only intended to brandish the knife in order to break up the fight, Vaughn said, adding witness statements told a different story of what happened.

“Mr. Peters said he witnessed the fight and said both Mr. Artigue and Mr. Ivanoff were throwing punches and fell to the floor,” Vaughn said. “Mr. Peters said that when both men got up from the floor, Mr. Artigue pulled a knife from his pocket and began to stab Mr. Ivanoff.”

Artigue appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Monday morning for arraignment before Judge Keith Bowers Jr. The case was reset for April 14 and Bowers ordered Artigue to have no contact with Ivanoff. Artigue remains in the Carter County Jail under a $3,000 corporate bond, which means he would have to go through a professional bonding agency in order to post his bail.

On Monday afternoon, a Johnson City Medical Center representative said no one named John Ivanoff was listed as a patient there.