Maryville man, 23, faces aggravated assault charges in stabbing
From Staff Reports
Authorities have charged a Maryville man who was arrested Friday night in connection with a stabbing on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Daniel Edward Harrell, 23, Pennsylvania Avenue, was charged Sunday with aggravated assault. He was being held at the Blount County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bond pending a 9 a.m. July 5 hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court.
Harrell was taken into custody Friday night following the stabbing of another Maryville man. Deputies and emergency personnel were dispatched shortly before 10 p.m. to a Pennsylvania Avenue home, where they found the victim, Reinaldo Velasquez, 27, also of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Velasquez was bleeding heavily from his left side around his ribs, according to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office report. Authorities said he was stabbed three times. He was transported via Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was initially listed in critical condition. He was downgraded to serious condition Sunday.
The homeowner who called to report the stabbing told police he was sitting outside on the front porch and heard two men arguing nearby. A short time later Velasquez came to him asking for help. The homeowner called 911 and tried to administer first aid. As he was attempting to treat the man, he observed a white male walk from a neighboring apartment complex, look over and run away in the opposite direction.
Following a K-9 track, deputies located a man matching the suspect’s description about 200 yards from the scene.
Velasquez told authorities he and Harrell were talking when an argument ensued. A physical altercation followed, during which Velasquez was stabbed. Authorities reported finding a knife in the area the night of the stabbing.