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UPDATE: Fight, stabbing reported downtown

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A man involved in a downtown fight early this morning escaped from two assailants after pulling a knife and stabbing them in the legs, the Greenville Police Department reported.

Police were notified about a fight at Fifth and Reade streets shortly before 1 a.m., the department reported. Additional staff were in place downtown because Tuesday was the last day of class at East Carolina University, so officers were able to respond to the scene quickly.

Officers discovered Matthew Scott McLamb, 22, of Clarkson, Ky., and Nicholas John Couch, 21, of Greensboro, with apparent knife wounds to their legs, a news release said.

A witness reported a third man, Justin Michael Ingram, 20, of Laurel Hill, ran north on Reade Street. Officers located Ingram a short time later near the Town Common. He, McLamb and Couch were all transported to Vidant Medical Center for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

A preliminary investigation and review of area security cameras revealed that Ingram was involved in an altercation as he exited Pantana Bob’s, 513 Cotanche St., which led to the stabbing, the police department reported.

Ingram walked from Contanche toward Reade Street after the initial altercation, police reported. McLamb and Couch followed Ingram to the parking lot shared by Sup Dogs and The Stop Shop. McLamb and Couch confronted Ingram, and repeatedly assaulted him while he was on the ground.

At some point during the struggle, a knife was produced and McLamb and Couch both suffered cuts, police reported. Ingram was eventually able to break free and ran toward the Town Common.

Records from East Carolina University ‘s registrar indicate that none of the three currently are students.

McLamb’s personal information did not match any student currently enrolled, ECU reported. Couch also is a former student. He was enrolled from the fall 2015–fall 2017.

Ingram is a former student, enrolled from spring 2017 through Wednesday. Officials would not elaborate on the timing of his separation from the university.

No arrests are pending at this time. The case remains under investigation.

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Greenville police are investigating a report that three people were injured during a fight in a parking lot near a popular gathering spot in downtown early today.

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. outside of Sup Dogs, which is located on the corner of Fifth and Reade streets, according to the Greenville Police Department and a safety alert from East Carolina University.

Police took one person into custody following the incident, said Kristen Hunter, the police department’s public information officer. One of the three people involved in the fight was taken to Vidant Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, she said. 

The ECU alert said three people were involved in the altercation. Two people were stabbed and a third person was injured.

All three individuals have been identified and are being interviewed about the incident, the alert said. The alert was issued about 2:25 a.m.

More details are expected to be released later this morning.

Anyone with additional information should contact Greenville Police at 252-329-4315 or Pitt County Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777.

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