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A man was stabbed after exchanging threatening text messages with another man over a mutually liked girlfriend, according to New Richmond Police.
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NEW RICHMOND, Ohio – A man was stabbed in New Richmond Monday after exchanging threatening text messages with another man over mutual feelings for a woman, police said.
Investigators said Preston Graybill, 19, was stabbed in his side at about 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the Riverview Apartments near the 1000 block of Bethel New Richmond Road.
Ryan Graybill, Preston’s father, said the blade just missed his son’s vital organs.
"The doctor told me if it had been any closer, it could have hit his colon and he may not have made it to the hospital," Ryan said.
Authorities said Clayton Welch, 19, stabbed Preston and fled the scene. He was picked up in his girlfriend's vehicle, according to police.
Investigators said the two men worked together at a McDonald’s.
“We got a text on the phone saying (Welch) was in the parking lot,” Ryan Graybill said. “I guess he wanted to fight my son. So he walked outside and it was him and another kid… My son didn't know he had a knife."
Officers were able to locate Welch inside his home in the 300 block of South Union Street in Bethel.
Welch threw the knife used in the attack into a heavy wooded area behind the apartment building, police said. A New Richmond police canine unit located it.
Welch was arrested and charged with one count of felonious assault. He is being held in the Clermont County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
WCPO's Shannon Kettler contributed to this report.