A weekend where family, friends and neighbors gather for cookouts and camaraderie turned violent on an eastern Iredell County road when a man stabbed another with a barbecue fork.
The attack happened last Saturday afternoon – two days before Memorial Day – when one of the men threw a brick into the windshield of the other man’s parked Cadillac. The car was in the 100 block of Rowan Road in the unincorporated community of Cleveland, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
Michael “Mo” Dwayne England, 51, is accused of throwing the brick and later stabbing the car’s owner, Thomas “Tommy” Henry Freeland, 46, with the fork multiple times. Freeland was stabbed when he confronted England and the pair began fighting, sheriff’s investigators said. England suffered facial injuries during the fight.
Sheriff’s investigators did not say why they believe the brick was thrown into Freeland’s car.
Both men were taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital. After being treated and medically cleared, both were arrested and charged by sheriff’s investigators..
England was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and jailed on $7,500 bail.
Freeland was charged with assault inflicting serious injury and a probation violation. He was jailed on $10,000 bail.