A 28-year-old Vermilion man is hospitalized at the Medical University of Ohio Medical Center in Toledo after being stabbed six times Thursday morning on East Ohio 61.
The man had been treated and released from Fisher-Titus Medical Center and came to the sheriff's office for a more detailed interview about the incident in the 700 block of East Ohio 61, Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said.
"He obviously was in significant pain," the detective added.
Deputies requested an ambulance and a medical helicopter later flew him to the Toledo hospital. A spokeswoman said the patient was listed in serious condition this morning.
"We believe he had surgery (Thursday) night," Howard said, but didn't have specific information.
Victor Macias-Aguirre, 29, of 66 Cline St., is charged with felonious assault and has been in custody at the Huron County Jail since 9:30 a.m. Thursday, a corrections officer said.
There is a pending bond hearing in Norwalk Municipal Court.
Macias-Aguirre is accused of stabbing the Vermilion man five times in the chest and torso and once in the face. "All the evidence is that the attack was quick and brutal," Howard said.
During an initial interview at Fisher-Titus, the victim identified Macias-Aguirre as his attacker, but didn't know why he was assaulted. The suspect said the incident was "over a woman," his wife, Howard said.
"She has lived in Mexico her whole life, according to the suspect," the detective added.
Deputies interviewed six prospective witnesses. Howard said some of them didn't see the altercation which took place outside the Ohio 61 home, where Macias-Aguirre and the Vermilion man attended a meeting with their mutual employer.
The Norwalk Police Department reported to the sheriff's office that the victim was in stable condition at Fisher-Titus as of 8:39 a.m. Thursday after sustaining multiple stab wounds, Cpl. David Luc wrote in his report.
"I was directed to the hospital to talk to the victim," Howard said.
Deputies processed the crime scene and recovered a large steak knife, believed to be the homeowner's.
Howard contacted immigration officials, which will complete their own investigation about Macias-Aguirre possibly being an illegal alien. "I think it's likely he'll be deported," he added.
If convicted, Macias-Aguirre could face two to eight years in prison and $15,000 fine.