Police arrest man in stabbing incident

Columbus police have arrested an Elizabethtown man in connection with a stabbing early last week in southeast Columbus.

Jonathan E. Sapp, 39, of 9920 W. County Road 750N, was being held Monday on a preliminary charge of battery causing serious bodily injury while armed with a deadly weapon.

Sapp was arrested in connection with the stabbing of a 51-year-old man during a March 23 fight at a residence near the south end of McClure Road, according to Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Although the victim, whom police are not identifying, was hospitalized with a punctured left lung and bruised spleen, he has been released and is recovering at home, Harris said.

While the suspect fled before officers arrived shortly before 6:30 p.m. at a home near McKinley Avenue, the victim was able to lead investigators to Sapp, Harris said.

Four days later, a Columbus detective spotted Sapp driving near Seventh Street and Central Avenue, Harris said.

With the assistance of other officers, Sapp was arrested without incident about 6 p.m. Friday as he was walking away from his vehicle, Harris said.

Sapp was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, and placed under a 48-hour hold without bond, he added.

As of Monday, Sapp was still being held in lieu of $50,000 surety or $5,000 cash bond, according to a jail spokesperson.

Formal charges, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.