Man stabbed, critical after fight over cigarettes; 1 arrested

WARSAW, Ind. (WANE) A fight in downtown Warsaw early Sunday left one man in critical condition at a Fort Wayne hospital and another man in the Kosciusko County Jail.

Randel Manley
Randel Manley

Warsaw Police were called just before 3 a.m. Sunday to a local boarding house at 223 W. Jefferson Street, near downtown Warsaw, on a report of a fight. Dispatchers said one of the men was bleeding badly.

Officers arrived to find 30-year-old Mitchell Robinson of Warsaw down and unresponsive in a room, suffering from severe cuts to his stomach and neck, police said. Robinson was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital.

A witness told police she had been in her room with Robinson. The woman said she left for a few moments and returned to the room to see a neighbor from down the hall on top of Robinson. The woman said that man then ran back to his room and she saw that Robinson was bleeding “profusely,” police said.

Police found that neighbor – 51-year-old Randel Manley of Warsaw – in his room with blood on his clothes and a bloody box cutter at his doorway, police said.

According to a release, investigators believe that Robinson and Manley were drunk and began to argue when Robinson demanded his cigarettes and knife returned. At that point, police believe that Manley slashed Robinson with a knife, the release said.

Manley was arrested on an initial felony charge of aggravated battery involving a deadly weapon. The investigation is ongoing, police said.