UPDATE: Grafton Street Stabbing Victim Speaks Out

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UPDATE 12/30/2013 10:00 AM

A day after being released from the hospital, with stitches in his neck, 28-year-old James Bruce, Jr. tells WTAP News an account that conflicts with what police are reporting.

Parkersburg Police say Bruce was one of four men attacking Keith Joy Thursday on Grafton Street.

And they say in self-defense, Joy stabbed Bruce with a tree branch.

But Bruce says Joy was the aggressor, and that he stabbed him with cold steel, not a tree branch.

"I was driving down the road. I saw Keith Joy chasing after my cousin so I jumped out of the van to see what was going on. He came swinging at me. And we ended up in the middle of the street fighting and a knife was pulled out and I was stabbed in the throat. There was no self-defense. I was defending myself because he swung at me. I was getting the best of him and he stabbed me in the throat," says Bruce.

Bruce says he underwent surgery and needed stitches to stop the bleeding.

He was released from the hospital Friday.

He'll be back January 7 to have the stitches removed.

A third man police say was involved, James Anderson, was arrested in connection to the fight.

UPDATE 12/27/2013 5:35 PM

More details on a stabbing in Parkersburg Thursday.

Police now say it may have been self-defense.

It all happened around 2:30 Thursday afternoon on Grafton Street.

The Parkersburg Police Department says four men were outside being rowdy, loud and disturbing the peace, including James Bruce, Jr., Brandon Brown, Casey Saunders and James Anderson.

That is when a fifth man, Keith Joy, told the group the cops would be coming.

Investigators say that is when the four men attacked Keith.

During the fight police say Keith grabbed a tree branch and stabbed one of the four attackers.

The man stabbed is James Bruce, Jr. and police say he was released Friday from the hospital.

"Last night after the incident was over with the investigators and some of the members of the uniformed division went back to the location where they were trying to locate two individuals that were there at the fight and fled prior to the arrest. They went to a house at Latrobe Street to see if he was there. At this time they did encounter Mr. Anderson," says Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin.

James Anderson was wanted for burglary and was taken into custody.

Anderson was also charged with obstructing and possession of a controlled substance.

He was arraigned and failed to post his bond of $2,000.

Casey Saunders is also wanted for failure to appear from an arrest in February 2013 for burglary and grand larceny.

Anyone with information on Saunders is asked to call the Parkersburg Police Department.

UPDATE 12/26/2013 5:00 PM

Police say a man was stabbed in the throat with a tree branch Thursday afternoon.

Currently Parkersburg Police are conducting interviews to get a better grasp on the details escalating to the stabbing.

Around 2:30 Thursday afternoon the Parkersburg Police Department responded to the stabbing on the 800 block of Grafton Street.

Sgt. Greg Collins confirmed the stabbing involved five to six people.

He says they have conflicting stories from both sides.

What police do know is that James Bruce, Jr. was stabbed with a tree branch in the neck and was at Camden Clark Medical Center in fair condition Thursday afternoon.

"There were probably three people attacking one individual. The person that was being attacked appears to have stabbed one of those persons in the neck," says Sgt. Collins. "Again we don't know who started the fight, who the aggressors were, who the victims were at this point."

Sgt. Collins says in situations like this it's common for police to get conflicting sides of the story and partial witnesses will be key players.

Parkersburg Police continue to investigate.

UPDATE 12/26/2013 4:00 PM

Parkersburg Police say a man was stabbed Thursday afternoon on Grafton Street.

They say he was stabbed in the throat with an unknown object.

The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries.

His condition is unknown at this time.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

The Wood County 911 Center confirms police are investigating a report of a stabbing at 814 Grafton Street.

Dispatchers say someone on the scene is injured and an ambulance was dispatched.

We have a reporter on the scene and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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