Police arrest one of two suspects in Cincinnati Zoo gift shop throat stabbing

Second suspect still at latge
Posted at 9:16 AM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 09:22:50-04

CINCINNATI -- More than a week after a man was stabbed in the neck at the Cincinnati Zoo gift shop, police arrested one of two suspects.

Mark Lanham, 22, was arrested and charged with felonious assault after he was identified in a lineup, according to court documents. He's due in court Wednesday morning.

Lanham, of Georgetown, had "a verbal altercation" with the stabbing victim, according to court documents. Lanham "and another unidentiy(sic) suspect attacked the victim." The other suspect has not been identified.

Last week, Cincinnati police released a surveillance photo of the second suspect (not Lanham). They describe the man as a 20- to 30-year-old black man, about 6-foot-1, 180 to 190 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. The man is seen in video surveillance footage wearing a blue shirt.

The stabbing happened at about 4 p.m. on July 29 during an altercation involving three men, including the victim, according to the zoo's Communications Director Michelle Curley. Two of the men left the zoo after the fight while the stabbing victim remained behind, Curley said.

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Sgt. Eric Franz of the Cincinnati Police Department said the stabbing victim had serious, non life-threatening injuries. Crews took him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 or submit a tip online at Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.