COLUMBUS (WCMH) — One person was taken to the hospital Wednesday after being cut with a 13-inch machete outside the Franklin County courthouse.
According to law enforcement officials, the stabbing occurred after a disagreement on the courthouse steps and took place at a Mount Street bus stop between the old and new courthouse buildings.
According to police, the suspect, Tracey A. Neely, 53, initiated an argument with a 26-year-old man who was waiting at the bus stop.
The victim told police that Neely charged at him, which is when the victim pulled a machete to defend himself.
The victim said he was backing away from Neely when he fell backward and dropped the machete, at which point, Neely picked up the machete and stabbed the victim several times before sheriff’s deputies could stop him, police said.
A bystander was credited with possibly helping save the person’s life until medics arrived.
The victim was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.
Neely has been taken into custody.
The victim told police he uses the machete to clear campsites.
Law enforcement was alerted to the stabbing at 12:24 p.m., with Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies and Columbus Police responding. Columbus Police will be taking the lead on the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Columbus Police Felony Assault Unit at 614-645-4141 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).