BLACKFOOT — A Blackfoot man has been charged with aggravated battery after he stabbed his neighbor in November.
Lawrence Way Day Jr., 49, attacked his neighbor after they knocked on his door to ask him to return a stolen vape with an estimated value of $200, according to court documents. The victim said a mutual acquaintance told them Day had the vape.
The victim, his wife, and Day’s son said Day was immediately aggressive and told the victim to back off. The victim asked for the vape and was answered with a punch in the face from Day.
The two struggled for about 30 seconds when Day pulled a knife and stabbed the victim in the leg, severing the femoral artery. The victim left while his wife contacted Blackfoot City Police.
Police arrived to find the victim bleeding near the apartment building’s entrance with a jacket tied around his leg as a tourniquet. A trail of blood led up the stair’s to Day’s apartment. The officers ordered Day to exit his apartment at gunpoint. Day obeyed and revealed he had a cut on his thumb. Police later learned he had cut a tendon and would require surgery.
The victim and Day were taken to Bingham Memorial Hospital. The victim was transported to Portneuf Medical Center for surgery.
Day told police he was angry at the victim because he and his wife gave his son drugs. He first told a detective that he shoved the victim first, but later said the victim had attacked him unprovoked, and that the stabbing was in self defense.
Day was charged Feb. 6 for the incident. Aggravated battery is punishable with up to 15 years in prison. Day’s bond was set at $10,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.