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Police: Man stabbed while working in yard in Fairview Heights

A man in Fairview Heights was stabbed Tuesday night while he was doing yard work, according to the Fairview Heights Police Department.

The assailant was known to the victim, who was taken to a Belleville hospital by his neighbor and later flown to St. Louis. The victim, a 33-year-old, was in stable condition on Wednesday, police said. He suffered multiple stab wounds to the neck, shoulder and chest, according to police.

A suspect was later arrested, and he was being held at the Fairview Heights police department. The suspect, a 31-year-old Swansea man was found at a Belleville hospital, where he was being treated for minor injuries, police said.

The stabbing took place at a residence in the 200 block of Union Hill Road, police said.

Police said they received a 911 call about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The caller reported her husband had been stabbed while he worked in the yard and was being driven to the hospital by a neighbor.

Responding officers were told that a male had approached the male homeowner with a knife in hand. A struggle ensued and resulted in the homeowner being stabbed.

A neighbor said the couple who reside at the home bought the house a couple of years ago and have extensively renovated the older home. So it wasn’t unusual to see them working in the yard at all hours, the neighbor said.

The neighbor said she was in her car in the driveway with her children on Tuesday night when a police officer approached.

“He asked if we heard anyone squealing their wheels,” the neighbor said. “I didn’t. I didn’t hear anything.”

Another neighbor, Alex Bernal, said he went outside for a walk Tuesday night and was shocked to see several police cars parked on his street. He said there usually aren’t a lot of problems in the neighborhood.

“I don’t see much of anything around here,” Bernal said. “Everything is usually pretty good. But this was scary.”