Male accused of using pruning shears in stabbing is headed to court

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m. (May 2): A 53-year-old Dayton man remains in custody as the man he's accused of stabbing with pruning shears continues to recover from injuries described as critical.

The accused, James Freshour, was still at the rooming house in the 800 block of Clover Street on Tuesday night when police arrived on a report about a stabbing.

Wednesday, residents told News Center 7's Mike Campbell the incident was intense. They said the victim, 55, was a frequent visitor at the house. Police said he was stabbed in the chest at least three times. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

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They said he and Freshour were in the latter's room, with a woman, talking when an argument erupted. Police are still investigating to find out what triggered the argument.

Some residents said the men may have been drinking. Other residents said Freshour showed them a pair of pruning shears he'd attached to a stick with tape as a menacing home-made weapon.

Freshour is to be in court Thursday on a preliminary charge of felonious assault.


Homicide detectives have been called to a stabbing in the 800 block of Clover Street, where the victim was stabbed at least three times with pruning shears, Dayton Sgt. Joseph Setty said.

The victim, a male believed to be 55, was stabbed in the chest and has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital. He is reported to be in critical condition after suffering life-threatening injuries, Setty said.

Both the victim and the suspect were believed to be intoxicated, Setty said, and the victim is not a resident at the address, which is said to be a boarding house.

The suspect has been placed in the back of a police cruiser.

Police were dispatched to the address sometime after 7 p.m. on a report of a stabbing.

We’re working to learn more about this incident.

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