An 18-year-old Mineral Springs man was seriously injured in a stabbing incident Sunday at a Mineral Springs gas station, and a 29-year-old has been arrested in connection with the case.
About 1 p.m., Union County Communications received a call reporting a stabbing at the Marathon Convenience Store at 5905 Waxhaw Highway.
When officers arrived, the victim told them that he had been attacked outside the store by a man wielding a knife and had been stabbed repeatedly. The suspect ran south on Potter’s Road, police said.
Witnesses who saw the attack provided a description of the suspect, along with a description of the vehicle the man was driving.
The victim told deputies that he did not know why the man attacked him. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
A short time later, officers found a car matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle at a home in the 4700 block of Crow Road in Mineral Springs, close to where the attack happened.
Officers interviewed a man at the residence and arrested Matthew Daniel Gatewood, 29. Gatewood was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to kill and assault inflicting serious injury.
He is in the Union County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond. He has a March 3 court date in Union County District Court.
Officers would not speculate on a motive for the attack, although they believe the attack was unprovoked.
Gatewood is on supervised probation for another unprovoked attack and stabbing of a stranger in 2010 at the Wal-Mart in Wadesboro, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
“I appreciate the assistance of Waxhaw Police Officer Josh Phillips in initially spotting Gatewood’s vehicle, and our own folks for making the case against this man,” said Sheriff Eddie Cathey in a statement.
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