Man stabbed in the neck on N. Broadway

Man stabbed in the neck on N. Broadway

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John Rowland (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) John Rowland (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Florida man underwent surgery Monday night after being stabbed in the neck under an interstate bridge on North Broadway.

Around 6:30 Monday night, Knoxville Police Department officers responded to 313 N. Broadway, where bystanders gave a description of the suspect, who had fled on foot following the incident.

According to the preliminary investigation and witness statements, the victim, Coleman James Walker, 24, of Orange City, Fla., was sitting on a guardrail when the suspect, John Earl Rowland, 52, of Knoxville, Tenn., walked up behind the victim and slashed his throat with what was described as a box cutter type of knife.

Rowland was arrested a few hundred yards from the scene and charged with one count of attempted first degree murder. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Walker was transported to UT Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. He is listed in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

The investigation into the specifics of this incident is ongoing.
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