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Wednesday, January 03, 2018 1:00 am

Woodburn man charged in 'unprovoked attack'

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

An unprovoked attack with a knife inside a car on New Year's Day left a Uniondale man with life-threatening injuries, court documents say.

Cody A. Stinson, 22, of Woodburn, stabbed Mark McVay, 22, early Monday, leaving him with a severed carotid artery, wounds to the back of his neck, a cut above his eye and a defensive wound to his left hand, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday in Allen Superior Court.

Stinson is charged with aggravated battery and battery by means of a deadly weapon.

Shane Hobbs, who was driving, was also cut near his right eye. He told investigators he did not know why Stinson attacked.

“(He) said there was no fight or anything it was an unprovoked attack with a knife,” a Fort Wayne Police Department detective wrote in the affidavit.

McVay was taken to a hospital, “where he was rushed to surgery with numerous injuries,” the affidavit says. Police spokesman Michael Joyner said McVay was listed in critical condition late Tuesday afternoon.

Hobbs told police he was driving to his apartment when Stinson and Spring Applegate, another passenger, began arguing in the back seat. Later, Hobbs “said he thought (Stinson) was slapping McVay and then started punching him,” court documents said.

Hobbs discovered he and McVay were injured and yelled at Stinson.

“It's over,” Stinson told Hobbs, according to court documents. “He's gone.”

Hobbs then drove McVay to a funeral home in the 2300 block of West Main Street, where he called 911.

mleblanc@jg.net