FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A fight in the backseat of a car full of out-of-towners who spent an evening at a local club led to multiple people being either cut or stabbed on Fort Wayne’s southwest side this weekend.
One man suffered life-threatening stab wounds to his chest, arms, legs and buttocks which required doctors to intubate him while another man now faces multiple preliminary felony charges that could land him in prison for upwards of two decades.
Fort Wayne Police arrested 32-year-old Darnell R. Martin after being called to the area of Bass and Hillegas roads in reference to a personal injury accident at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, according to Allen Superior Court documents.
Upon arrival, police found there had not been an accident at all. Instead, they found both Martin and another man, identified as Darryl Woolsolk, injured on the side of the road.
Woolsolk suffered from severe stab wounds and needed to be taken to a local hospital in life-threatening condition, court documents said. Doctors have since upgraded Woolsolk to non-life-threatening condition, police said.
Martin suffered a swollen eye, according to court documents.
Later, others who had been in the car with Martin and Woolsolk ended up at a local hospital suffering from various cuts or stab wounds of varying degrees of severity and spoke with police.
According to interviews recorded in court documents, the group consisted of five people total. They identified themselves as “movers” from out of town who all work together. The group were driving together back to their hotel after visiting a club, court documents said.
Martin and Woolsolk, both seated at opposite sides of the backseat with another man between them, had been arguing with each other all day and into the night, witnesses told police in court documents.
That argument turned physical when Martin tried to choke Woolsolk in the car. He’s then accused of producing a “folding type fish knife,” a witness told police in court documents. The driver of the car pulled over and ordered both men out.
At some point, Martin is accused of trying to stab Woolsolk while the others intervened, according to court documents. The man between Martin and Woolsolk pushed them both out of the car and the driver left, court documents said.
Down the road, the driver told a detective in court documents he noticed he had been cut or stabbed on both his hands.
A woman in the front passenger seat of the car suffered a cut to her finger, while the man sandwiched between Martin and Woolsolk suffered cuts or stab wounds to his hands as well, according to court documents.
The driver then took the group to a local hospital to get treatment for their injuries. The man between Martin and Woolsolk needed to be taken to another hospital because his wounds, while not life-threatening, were more severe than the others.
While speaking with a detective at a hospital, Martin refused to answer questions about what happened to Woolsolk after they were left on the side of the road, court documents said. Instead, he called Woolsolk his “brother” and became “very emotional and dramatic,” a detective wrote in court documents.
Ultimately, he refused a formal interview and police arrested him on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery and four preliminary counts of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.
He’s being held in Allen County Jail on $52,500 bond.