Verbal argument between two Maryville men escalates to alleged stabbing

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Blount County Sheriff’s Office investigators say two men were involved in what started as a verbal argument that ended with a stabbing. One man is in custody following the alleged stabbing of another man in Maryville. 

BCSO said Wednesday that 23-year-old Marcos Anthony Colpean allegedly stabbed 41-year-old Joseph A. Whitehead after a verbal altercation on the front porch of a residence on Turkey Pen Road in Maryville. 

Both men are Maryville residents. 

BCSO says deputies responded to a report of a stabbing Wednesday afternoon and when they arrived, witnesses told them Colpean had fled on foot. A short time later, BCSO deputies caught up to Colpean and took him into custody without incident.

Colpean is charged with aggravated assault. Colpean remains in jail, BCSO says, on a $25,000 bond in the Blount County Correctional Facility pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 21.

Colpean was also served two warrants for violation of community corrections and one failure to appear on a felony charge.

Whitehead, the alleged stabbing victim, was taken to UT Medical Center with what sheriff’s officials say appear to be non-life threatening injuries. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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