Man arrested early Friday on suspicion of knife attack

Friday, July 1, 2011 | 12:52 p.m. CDT; updated 4:34 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — Columbia Police Department officers were dispatched to 174 E. Old Plank Road at 3:44 a.m. Friday in response to a male victim who was bleeding.

The victim, 21, reported that he and Merrit Iles were involved in a heated argument and that Iles attacked him with a knife during the argument, according to a Columbia Police Department release.

The man had a large laceration near his right eye, about five-to-six inches long, cuts on his hand and several cuts in the middle of his chest, said Columbia Police Department Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer. His wounds were not life threatening, Stroer said. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.

According to joint communications, a female called the police and the call was very chaotic and there was yelling in the background, Stroer said.

Iles was arrested on suspicion of assault in the first degree and armed criminal action when officers arrived on the scene. Friends of the victim kept the suspect at the house until police arrived, Stroer said.

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