, Muskogee, OK

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May 15, 2014

Teen held in stabbing over smokes

A 17-year-old boy was arrested after he allegedly stabbed a man during an argument over cigarettes, police say.

About 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, Muskogee police were called to 501 Dayton St., said Cpl. Michael Mahan.

When officers arrived, Lenville Mills, 26, pointed to an incision on the right side of his chest and told officers that he had been stabbed, Mahan said.

Mills told police he did not know what was used to stab him but was able to identify the individual who stabbed him.

The stabbing occurred at 802 N. K St., about 1 a.m. Mills told police he had been at that location for a while, and as he was leaving the area, the juvenile approached him outside and claimed he stole cigarettes from him.

Mills told police that he showed the juvenile his empty pockets and denied stealing cigarettes. The juvenile then stabbed Mills in the chest and fled the scene on foot, Mills told police.

Mills said he returned to the apartment on Dayton Street and contacted the occupant of another apartment, who contacted authorities.

Police located the juvenile at the residence on K Street, and he was taken into custody.

The juvenile was arrested on a complaint of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. As of Wednesday afternoon, charges have not been filed.

Mills was taken to EASTAR Health System and then was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He was stable while at EASTAR, but was transported to St. Francis because of the close proximity of the stab wound to the heart, Mahan said.

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