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Man arrested after stabbing at Kroger

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) – Curtis Martin was charged with aggravated battery, battery with a deadly weapon, and resisting law enforcement after police say he stabbed a man at the Kroger on Liberty Drive and fled from the scene. 

Around 11 pm officers responded to a report of a fight at Kroger, where they found a 27-year-old man with a stab wound in his abdomen. He later named Martin as the attacker, whom he said he had met before.  

The victim told police he had seen Martin standing outside Kroger when arriving with family to shop, so he stayed with their truck because he feared Martin might try to steal items from it. 

Martin then approached the victim’s truck and pulled a knife from his bag. The victim told police he thought Martin would try to slash his tires, so he attempted to grab his hand, but during the altercation, Martin stabbed him. 

Martin then fled on foot from the scene. A Bloomington police officer located him, but Martin fled again and was later seen entering a fenced area behind Baxter Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. After repeated attempts for Martin to exit the area, Monroe County Sherriff’s office released a K9 unit which then apprehended him. 

Both the victim and Martin received medical care at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Martin also has outstanding warrants for methamphetamine possession and carrying a handgun without a license.