Arael Rodriguez/Perez listens to an interpreter as he in arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court Wednesday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Springfield man accused of stabbing victim multiple times in back

A Springfield man was charged in connection to an incident where a man was stabbed multiple times in the back.

Arael Rodriguez/Perez, 40, was charged in Clark County Municipal Court with felonious assault. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday and his bond was set at $20,000.

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Springfield Police began their investigation Saturday when they responded to Springfield Regional Medical Center. They spoke with a witness who told them a stabbing occurred after two men began fighting.

“Arael Rodriguez pulled out a knife and started stabbing (the victim),” the affidavit says.

Another witness said the fight started inside and he attempted to break it up, but instead, he was cut on his right wrist. He said he pushed the two men out the door and the fighting continued in the yard.

He said a few minutes later he checked on them and he found the stabbing victim laying on the front porch.

The witness said he didn’t see any injuries on the victim and he, the other witness and Rodriguez/Perez left the scene.

However, the victim was injured, the affidavit says. The man made it back to his home where emergency personnel was called.

“Medic Eight was dispatched and transported (the victim) to Springfield Hospital due to five stab wounds about his back and shoulder,” the affidavit says. “(The victim) was flown to Miami Valley Hospital.”

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Officers said the victim told them an unknown person had attacked him, and the witnesses told police they didn’t want to get involved in the investigation.

However, officers said there was blood splatter on Rodriguez/Perez clothing and one witness was able to travel with an officer and retrieve the knife that was allegedly used in the attack.

“Arael Rodriguez was arrested for felonious assault and placed in the Clark County Jail,” the affidavit says. “DNA sample was recovered…”

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