Fort Smith Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Stabbing Two People

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) - A Fort Smith man was arrested on suspicion of stabbing two people, according to an arrest report.

On Jan. 11 at 7:38 a.m., authorities were called to a hospital by the two stabbing victims. They said that Joseph M. Cox had stabbed them at his residence at 611 N 11th St., the report states.

Cox was booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center and faces charges of parole violation, first-degree battery and second-degree domestic battery, police said.

According to the report, during an interview with police, Cox said that the two victims (a man and a woman) were at his apartment on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 10). Cox said he got into an argument with the woman when the man stepped in. Removing his shirt, Cox thought the man was going to fight him, but both of them left, and Cox went to sleep, the report states.

When Cox woke up, the man and woman were in his apartment, and he once again got into an argument with the woman, according to authorities. Like before, the other man got involved, and Cox said that made him mad. The man took a couple steps toward the bed Cox had been sleeping on, and a fight started between the two, police said.

Feeling that the man was "getting the best of him," Cox pulled out a knife and stabbed the man multiple times, the report states. The man left after realizing that he'd been stabbed. The woman once again got into an argument with Cox and left, police said. When Cox walked out after her into the parking lot, he cut her while reaching for her arm, the report states. He told police he forgot the knife was in his hand, authorities said.

Making it to the hospital, the man learned he had been stabbed three times, according the report.

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