City man arrested after fight involving knife

Columbus police arrested a local man after a fight in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Street that resulted in a stabbing.

The victim, a 31-year-old Columbus resident, told Columbus police officers Marc Hutcheson and Robert Mitchell that he got into a verbal argument at about 11 p.m. Saturday with William (B.J.) Crouch, 36, 803 Werner St., said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The victim told police that during the argument, Crouch displayed a knife and attempted to stab him, Harris said.

The victim attempted to use his bicycle as a shield, but Crouch stabbed him in the left forearm, Harris said.

Crouch was arrested on preliminary charges of battery with a deadly weapon and intimidation, Harris said. The victim was not seriously injured.

Crouch is being held in lieu of $30,000 bond in the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.