Suspect slices victim’s throat

Mug shot of Charles Carpenter (Montgomery County Jail Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A suspect is in custody after a man reports that he sliced his throat.

Police were called to the 300 block of Firwood Drive after 11 p.m. Friday.

According to the police report, the caller stated an “adult male has his throat slit.”

When officers arrived, they found the victim, 50-year-old Marcus McGaughey, walking from the sidewalk into the street with a piece of cloth under his chin at the neck. Police said he had a cut to his throat that was half an inch deep but didn’t penetrate the fat layer under the skin.

The victim told police that the suspect grabbed him, put a knife to his throat, and then cut him.

Medics rushed the victim to the Miami Valley Hospital for treatment. Officials believe his injuries are non-life-threatening.

The victim admitted to police they had all been drinking prior to the incident.

Police found the suspect, who they identified as 48-year-old Charles Carpenter, and placed him into handcuffs.

Officers spoke with the victim’s wife. She told them Carpenter got mad at McGaughey because he was playing with his son. Carpenter admitted to police that was why he became angry.

Police recovered a knife in the apartment that they believe was the weapon used in the attack.

Carpenter was booked into jail on felonious assault charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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