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Police capture stabbing suspect

Wall, Dean Anthony-webBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Pulaski police have captured at a 52-year-old man they say critically stabbed another man in the area of East Main Street late Thursday.

Authorities found Dean Anthony Wall of Pulaski around 11 a.m., according to police radio traffic. Details of the arrest were not available.

According to Capt. Anthony Meredith the stabbing victim, Toby Andrew Ratcliffe of Pulaski, sustained multiple stab wounds and was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was listed in critical condition early Friday morning.

Police received a 911 call of a male subject unresponsive and bleeding at 11:39 Thursday night. Meredith said they responded to a wooded area in the 600 block of East Main Street and found Ratcliffe on the ground.

A preliminary investigation determined Ratcliffe and Wall “were engaged in an argument. As Mr. Ratcliffe lay on a mattress in a secluded area in the woods, Dean Wall stabbed him multiple times with a knife,” said Meredith.

Ratcliffe was able to get up and pursue Wall for about 150 feet down a trail before collapsing, according to Meredith. He said Ratcliffe used his cell phone to call 911 before going unresponsive.

Wall fled the scene into a wooded area, where police were searching for him when he was located this morning. Police have obtained a felony aggravated malicious wounding warrant for him.