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Richmond Police Work Two Stabbings In Two Days

RICHMOND, KY -- Richmond Police are working their second stabbing case in about 33 hours and another victim was sent Saturday to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with knife wounds to her face.

The Richmond Register reports a neighbor, who could hear what reportedly had been a night of fighting, called police just before 1 a.m. to report the disturbance at an apartment complex on Ballard Drive. When officers arrived, Jamey Dale Cope, 21, of Richmond was inside the apartment of his girlfriend, Deborah F. Sloan, 42.

Richmond Police Department Sgt. Willard Reardon, public affairs officer for the department, told the Register, “There was an altercation between the two of them and Mr. Cope assaulted his girlfriend with a steak knife."

Reardon told the newspaper the altercation "was still active when the officers got there. He was making threats toward the officers as well as the victim. It is kind of a chaotic situation when you have something like that going on.”

The officers had to subdue Cope, who allegedly was waving the knife at them, Reardon said. Sloan received multiple cuts to her arms and face, reports the newspaper.

“The victim was transported to Pattie A. Clay Hospital and then onto the University of Kentucky due to her injuries,” Reardon said.

Sloan was treated and released from UK on Saturday morning, a hospital representative said. Cope is charged with first-degree assault and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Two counts are for endangering officers Josh Hale and Tim Craft and the third count is because there was a juvenile daughter in the home at the time of the incident, Reardon said. Cope is lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

The victim of a Thursday stabbing at Hines Motel still is recovering at UK. Roy Peters’ nurse reported Saturday afternoon that he was in good condition. Peters was stabbed through his left shoulder and cut across his face and eye, allegedly by Roy Lynn Combs of Berea. The stabbing was the result of an altercation between the two, who reportedly were heavily intoxicated, reports the newspaper.

Combs also is charged with first-degree assault, as well as driving under the influence and fleeing and evading police for leaving the scene of the crime, reports the Register.

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