Lincoln County sheriff’s investigators are searching for a suspect in an early Sunday stabbing southeast of Lincolnton.
Sheriff’s detectives obtained warrants charging Michael Odell Fair, 30, with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, and assault on a female.
The 28-year-old victim suffered severe damage to his right eye, investigators said. He was treated at Carolinas HealthCare System Lincoln.
The victim was defending a 32-year-old woman who’d just been hit by a man on Atlantic Lane, the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators said Fair used to live on Chestnut Road, off N.C. 27 east of Lincolnton, but is now believed to be homeless.
Anyone with information on Fair’s whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 704-732- 9050 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736- 8909.