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Man arrested in Mineral Springs stabbing Sunday afternoon

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Matthew Daniel Gatewood (Union Co. Sheriff's Office) Matthew Daniel Gatewood (Union Co. Sheriff's Office)

An 18-year-old Mineral Springs man was seriously injured in a Sunday afternoon stabbing incident at the Marathon gas station in downtown Mineral Springs.

At about 1 p.m., Union County Communications received a call reporting a stabbing at the Marathon Convenience Store, located at 5905 Waxhaw Highway, according to the news release from the Union County Sheriff's Office.

Responding officers arrived to find the 18-year old victim being assisted by first responders and Union EMS personnel.

The victim told officers that he had been attacked outside the store by a man wielding a knife, and had been stabbed repeatedly.

The suspect then reportedly fled south on Potter's Road.

Witnesses who saw the attack were able to provide a description of the assailant to law enforcement, along with the description of a vehicle the man was driving.

The victim told deputies that he did not know why the man attacked him.

The man was then transported to CMC with life-threatening injuries.

A short time later, officers in the area found a car matching the description of the suspect's vehicle in the 4700 block of Crow Rd., parked at a residence, according to the release.

The location is geographically near the scene of the attack.

Officers interviewed a man at the residence and developed probable cause to arrest Matthew Daniel Gatewood, 29, for the stabbing attack.

Gatewood was subsequently charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon, With Intent to Kill, Inflicting Serious Injury.

He is incarcerated in the Union County Jail, under a $150,000 secured bond.

He has a March 3, 2014 court date in Union County District Criminal Court.

Officers would not speculate on a motive for the attack, though they believe the attack was completely unprovoked by the victim.

Gatewood is currently on supervised probation for another unprovoked attack and stabbing of a stranger in 2010 at the Wal-Mart in Wadesboro.

Sheriff Eddie Cathey called the attack brutal, and expressed his appreciation to responding officers who helped apprehend the suspect.

"I appreciate the assistance of Waxhaw Police Officer Josh Phillips in initially spotting Gatewood's vehicle, and our own folks for making the case against this man." said Sheriff Cathey in the release.

The stabbing victim remains in guarded condition at CMC.

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