A man is in critical condition after being stabbed outside a Decatur mattress store early Friday and then wrecking his car as he tried to get away, police said.
The man had stopped by his job in the 2700 block of East College Avenue sometime before 1:30 a.m. to get something out of a delivery truck when he noticed someone inside, Decatur police spokeswoman Lt. Jennifer Ross said.
Authorities said he confronted the man inside the truck — who apparently entered the cab by tearing through a sheet of plastic that covered a damaged window — when a struggle ensued.
“The victim confronted the male and asked why he was in the truck,” Ross said. “The male responded by saying, ‘This ain't your truck, it's abandoned.’”
The man inside then got out and tried punching the mattress store employee before pulling out a sharp object and thrusting it at him, Ross said, adding that the victim later told police “his shirt became wet.”
According to police, the man suffered multiple cuts before getting into his car and attempting to drive away. He lost consciousness and hit another vehicle near Memorial Drive and Columbia Drive, Ross said.
First responders arrived and took the man to a nearby hospital.
Authorities are searching for the suspect, who left the area on foot. Police said he’s about 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a stocky build. He was last seen carrying two black backpacks.
Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 678-553-6664 or Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-8477.
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