QUITMAN COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - Authorities in Quitman County have stepped up their search for 44-year-old Richard Cobb- a Georgetown man wanted in connection with what police are calling "a serious knife assault."
They say an argument between Cobb and another man, 30-year-old David Fuller, over who was going to hold a beer led to the violent fight at a local convenience store.
"Apparently, both men had been drinking. The clerks inside the store said they thought they were kidding to start with but obviously, they weren't kidding," said Eddie Ingram, Chief Deputy for the Quitman County Sheriff's Office.
Clerks tell police the fight turned physical out in the parking lot. They watched as both men started pummeling each other with beer cans. Then, investigators say Cobb pulled out a pocketknife and started slashing Fuller.
Police say the victim was cut and stabbed several times in the arm and chest. One wound near his heart was about eight inches long and five inches wide- injuries that lead police to believe this is a case of attempted murder.
"We firmly believe Richard Cobb's intent was to kill the victim because you don't cut someone this severe or go to the extreme that he did just to get someone off of you. The cut was so deep, it went into the bone," Ingram said.
Cobb got away after the attack and now, he's wanted for aggravated assault.
"He knows we're looking for him. He knows he's wanted. We believe he has family and friends that are helping him at this time allude and hide from us. I want to make it very clear that if you help him, knowing that he's wanted, you will be arrested and charged," Ingram added.
David Fuller is being treated at the Southeast Medical Center in Dothan, AL.
He's listed in stable but serious condition.
As for the suspect, authorities are working to track him down.
Anyone with information on Richard Cobb is asked to contact the Quitman County Sheriff's Office at 229-334-3726.