A Wise County grand jury has handed down a five-count indictment against a man accused of stabbing an elderly man in December.
Jermaine Christopher Johnson, 31, of Wise, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated malicious wounding, attempted burglary, stabbing in attempt to commit a felony and trespassing.
The stabbing occurred on Oct. 24, 2016, at a man’s home on Fincastle Road, outside of Wise, according to a complaint filed by the Wise County Sheriff's Office. The victim heard someone attempting to gain entry. When he confronted the man and was attacked with a handheld garden tool. The man stabbed him between the eyes and said, “I’m going to cut your eyes out,” the complaint states.
The victim was also body slammed to the ground, causing an injury to his back and arm, the complaint states.
A witness who was working in the area told police that he observed the attack and pulled into the driveway to help. At that time, the witness said the man got off the victim, left the property and walked up the road.
Responding deputies searched the area and found a wrecked vehicle, registered in Johnson’s name. Police also said they found his cell phone on the victim’s porch, the complaint states.