A local man is accused of being drunk when he stabbed a relative's best friend three times in the stomach.
Paul Herriott, 28, of 427 N. Buckeye St., Bellevue, was booked into the Huron County Jail on New Year's Day. He is charged with felonious assault and must post a $30,090 bond before being released from custody.
About 6 a.m. Tuesday, Bellevue Hospital staff members reported a 28-year-old Clyde man came into the emergency room with three stab wounds to his stomach.
The victim said he went to a friend's house. He further reported he got into an argument with Herriott about 4 a.m. when Herriott grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed him, Bellevue Police Detective Eric Burt said. The man couldn't remember the suspect's last name.
"He got stitched up at The Bellevue Hospital and was released the next morning," Burt said.
The victim gave police a location of where the stabbing happened -- North Buckeye Street -- and reported his Chevrolet Cobalt should still be there.
"We attempted to find the vehicle, but couldn't," Burt said.
However, officers found the car in the Norfolk Southern railroad yard, which is near the home of the victims' parents.
Burt said police still didn't have Herriott's last name, -- only that his first name was Paul. The detective said the victim then provided the names of two friends, one of whom is Herriott's brother-in-law.
"I went to his house and found out Paul's last name," Burt said.
Officers found Herriott at his residence about 1 p.m. New Year's Day.
"He was arrested without incident at that point," Burt said.
Police, in their report, described the residence as "mess," saying "it appeared some sort of physical altercation took place recently." Officers reported finding several pieces of a broken coffee table, which was made of PVC piping, "all over the downstairs floor" as well as pieces of tan or brownish glass.
Herriott first denied knowing the victim, Burt said, but later admitted he went to a bar with him and two friends.
"He still denied stabbing him. I think alcohol had a little effect on his memory," Burt said.
As police placed Herriott in a cruiser, officers said they noticed a blood stain on Herriott's coat sleeve and seized the coat as evidence.