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Man charged following Huntington stabbing

May 20, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A male transported to an area hospital after being stabbed Saturday morning was found to be in possession of heroin and prescription pills, according to Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial.

Dial identified the victim as 19-year-old Ashaunte Jermaine Owens, of Cleveland, who was charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony charge.

According to Dial, the incident unfolded just after 11 a.m. Saturday when police were called to the 1100 block of 9th Avenue in Huntington after someone called 911. A Cabell 911 Dispatch alert said the man, Owens, had been stabbed in the chest.

Within 15 minutes of the call, Owens was transported to an area hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, according to Dial.

During the investigation, officers found drug paraphernalia inside the residence, which is in an apartment building.

Dial added that Owens was also found to be in possession of 35 bindles of suspected heroin and a distribution amount of prescription pills.

Dial said police believe there was an ongoing argument at the house prior to Saturday’s stabbing, but officers were receiving conflicting reports from each side of what led up to the stabbing.

At the scene, three individuals were placed in handcuffs as police questioned them.

Dial said the investigation is ongoing.

Owens, 19, was transported to the Western Regional Jail following his arrest Saturday. Bond was not set.

The stabbing is at least the second violent crime to occur at the apartment building this year. Two people were injured at the building Feb. 21 after an exchange of gunfire, but both survived.