Arrest made in connection with stabbing

By Rachel Terry
Advocate News Staff

A suspect is in custody following a stabbing at the Hogg House, located at 584 Route 143, in Millersburg. An official from the Bond County Sheriff’s Department said the call for a disturbance was received at approximately 1:13 a.m. on Sunday, May 21. Upon arrival, officers found two males bleeding with stab wounds.

The victims have been identified as Christopher C. Blackburn, 37, of Pocahontas, and Bobby A. Walker, 35, also of Pocahontas. The suspect has been identified as Ricardo E. Medina, 24.

The disturbance began inside the bar, where the two victims and the suspect became engaged in some kind of altercation. The cause of the altercation is unknown, but witnesses claimed they were attempting to get Medina to leave. During the altercation, Medina produced a box-cutter-style knife and stabbed Walker in the upper right arm. Blackburn received two wounds to his right shoulder and one wound to his left shoulder.

Medina was gone upon officers’ arrival. First-aid was administered to the victims and they were transported to the hospital. Their current medical status is unknown. Deputies then patrolled the area, looking for Medina, but were unable to locate him at the time. However, they obtained information early the next morning, around 5:41 a.m. about where the suspect might be living.

Law enforcement officials went to the suspect’s house where they found him sleeping on the couch. Medina was taken into custody without incident. He is currently being held in the Bond County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond for 4 counts of aggravated battery.