A Forrest City man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing another man in the face with a kitchen knife outside a local convenience store Thursday night.
Calvin Joyce, 49, 120 E. Church St., was taken into custody late Thursday night on assault charges.
Officers were dispatched to Leake's Kwik Stop on South Washington just after 8 p.m., Thursday, after receiving reports of a man having been stabbed, according to a Forrest City Police Department report.
When they arrived, they found the victim, James Walker, 36, of Forrest City, "bleeding profusely" from the left side of his face. Joyce was standing behind him.
Multiple witnesses told police that the two men had been involved in an argument outside the store that turned physical. That is when, according to the report, Joyce allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed Walker.
Following the incident, police say Joyce ran to the south side of the building, carrying the knife. When he returned, he no longer had the knife in his hand, according to the report.
After searching the area, officers discovered a kitchen knife covered in dried blood on the sidewalk near the south side of the building.
According to the report, Walker was transported to Forrest City Medical Center for treatment of his injury. He was later airlifted to the Regional One Medical Center in Memphis due to the severity of the injury, according to the report. As of presstime, he was listed in “fair condition.”
Joyce was taken into custody at the scene and charged with public intoxication and aggravated assault. He is being held in the St. Francis County Jail.