Jay suspect charged after man stabbed


JAY – A Jay man remained in jail Monday facing a felony aggravated assault charge after a man was stabbed in the chest late Friday in the hallway of an apartment building at 38 Main St., police said.

Justice Ralph Tucker set bail at $500 cash Monday for Manh Van Vo, 31, of 38 Main St. Vo is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 25.

Police arrested Vo after responding to the apartment building about 11:30 p.m. Friday, police Chief Larry White Sr. said Monday.

An investigation revealed that a stabbing had occurred after Vo and a 40-year-old man who also lives in the building got into an altercation and it escalated to a stabbing, White said.

The 40-year-old victim had a minor stab wound in the chest and refused medical treatment, he said.

Vo was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital and was treated for minor injuries, including getting a couple of stitches, before he was taken to jail in Farmington, White said.

The investigation indicated that consumption of some liquor was involved, he said.

State prosecutors will review the case, White said.

The victim has not been charged in the fight, he added.

Tucker put several conditions on Vo’s release – should he make bail – including no contact with three people, not to go to 38 Main St. and not to possess any dangerous weapons, according to court documents.

White said police have been dealing with several problems in the 38 Main St. area recently.

Earlier Friday, police received complaints of a subject drinking alcohol in public, White said.

Cpl. Jeff Fournier arrested Phonesavanh Souphanthavong, 41, 38 Main St. on a charge of drinking in public, White said.

He was drinking in front of the apartment building and had been warned to stop earlier in the day, White said.

“It was also reported that he was outside yelling for no apparent reason disturbing other tenants in the area,” he said.

Also earlier in the day, “He was summoned for indecent conduct when a complaint was filed that Mr. Souphanthavong was seen urinating in public outside the apartment building,” White said.