Fayetteville Police Make Arrest In ‘Slashing’ Case

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Police have arrested a Fayetteville man accused of slashing his neighbor with a box cutter on Thursday (Aug. 16).

Fayetteville police said Alexander Bishop, 20, slashed his neighbor in the back after an argument at the Oakshire East Apartments.

Bishop

Witnesses said Bishop dumped some trash on a porch and a neighbor pushed Bishop against the wall, and a fight began.

"During the altercation, a box cutter was produced. The victim was cut and the person holding the box cutter was cut but that was self inflicted during the altercation," said Sgt. Anthony Murphy, Fayetteville police spokesman.

The neighbor suffered two deep lacerations to his back, while Bishop cut himself during the scuffle. Police said both men were being treated at a local hospital are expected to recover.

Avery Pitts, a neighbor across the street from the apartment complex, said he was shocked by the news, telling 5NEWS crimes in the neighborhood are usually minor.

"Mostly just petty stuff drunk people, homeless but mostly this is a calm neighborhood," Pitts said.

"It comes as a surprise that this would happen in my neighborhood but you know every neighborhood has the parts that not a lot of people pay attention to."

Investigators are still gathering evidence to try and find out a motive for the slashing.

Bishop is free on a $5,000 bond. He has a hearing set for Sept. 21 in Washington County Circuit Court.