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Stabbing suspect identified, still at large

December 8, 2016

Fort Madison police are looking for the suspect who allegedly stabbed two Hamilton, Ill., men. According to Police Chief Tim Sittig, as a result of the continuing investigation into the incident a suspect has been identified and is now being sought. The suspect is John W. Huss, 29 years old, Fort Madison.

Huss has been accused of stabbing twin brothers Travis and Ryan Stephenson, Hamilton, Ill. The stabbings took place at 12:11 a.m. Nov. 27 outside the Kinnick South bar, 14th Street in Fort Madison.

According to Sittig, neither brother claims to know the accused assailant.

“Witnesses said Huss was just looking to get into a fight,” Sittig said.

Sittig said another person was involved in the incident but not to the extent that Huss was.

“He threw a few punches, but we are still looking for him as well,” Sittig said.

Sittig said he was not ready to release the name of the second suspect.

On the morning of the event Fort Madison Police Officers were dispatched to the Kinnick South bar in response to a fight in progress. Upon arrival Officers discovered two victims who suffered from knife wounds. According to the report, one victim had wounds to his upper right thigh and his abdomen and the second victim had two wounds to his left arm and the right side of his back.

Both brothers were attended to by the Fort Madison Fire Department and the Lee County EMS. They were transported to the Fort Madison Community Hospital where they were treated with stitches and staples. The wounds did not appear to be life-threatening.

The assailant or assailants had fled the scene prior to officers arrival.

Sittig described Huss as 5’9” tall, weighing approximately 185 lbs., having brown hair and brown eyes, and numerous tattoos.

There are current arrest warrants for Huss including two counts of carrying weapons aggravated misdemeanors, two counts of willful injury Class D felonies, and two counts of attempted murder Class B felonies

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Mr. Huss are encouraged to contact the Fort Madison Police Department at 319-372-2525.