A LaPorte man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly stabbed someone with a knife when a fight broke outside a bar.
The victim stated he was inside the establishment when he heard someone outside screaming. He went to see what the commotion was about and saw Joshua L. Tawney, 22, of LaPorte, yelling at patrons telling them that the parking lot was his. The bouncers attempted to get Tawney to leave and he reportedly threw a barbecue grill causing a fire in the adjacent parking lot.
The victim attempted to help the bouncers to get Tawney off the property when Tawney allegedly unsheathed a knife in his possession and swung it around. A bystander told the victim that he had been stabbed but he hadn’t felt anything. The victim in fact sustained a stab wound to the abdomen. He refused medical assistance at the scene.
After LaPorte City police conducted an investigation, they found Tawney in an apartment on Park Street and he was arrested on a preliminary charge of battery with a deadly weapon as a Class C felony.