Man arrested for attempted murder in I-70 semi truck stabbing

UPDATE @ 4:37 a.m.:

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office website shows that Pavel Nery-Gonzalez is incarcerated on charges of attempted murder.

Nery-Gonzalez is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail.

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UPDATE @ 1:15 a.m.:

A 47-year-old man from Miami, Florida was taken into custody as part of an investigation into a man with apparent stab wounds in a semi truck on I-70 in Wayne County, Indiana.

According to a release from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of a disabled semi on I-7-0 around the 156 mile marker around 6:09 p.m.

On arrival, deputies found two male passengers in the semi, one suffering from “apparent stab wounds.” This passenger was taken to Reid Health, and later to Miami Valley Hospital, although his condition is unknown at this time according to the release.

The second occupant of the semi, Pavel Nery-Gonzalez, was taken into custody in relation to the investigation, although the charges in the arrest are unclear.

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Investigators from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office processed the scene, closing both lanes of the highway for just under five hours. The semi was later removed and secured for additional crime scene processing. According to the release, Wayne County deputies were unable to contact the trucking company.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

In the release, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office thanked the Richmond, Indiana Fire Department, Indiana State Police, the Richmond Police Department, the Wayne County prosecutor’s Office, and the Indiana Department of Transportation for their assistance in the response, investigation and control of the situation.

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UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.: 

One person has been detained in the investigation of a “possible stabbing” tonight on I-70 East near Richmond, Indiana, Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter said.

“The victim was preliminarily taken to Reid Health in Richmond and now is being transferred to Miami Valley Hospital,” the sheriff said in a statement.

He said he had no current information on the victim’s status, but noted that “one person has been detained in relationship to the incident.”

Little information is available for release as the sheriff’s department is in the early stages of the investigation, he said.

All lanes of I-70 East reopened about 11:15 p.m., a sheriff’s dispatcher said.

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UPDATE @ 10:08 p.m.: 

The victim of a reported stabbing on I-70 East near Richmond was said to be in critical condition, according to a supervisor at Reid Health in Richmond.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department has issued no preliminary statement about the incident.

I-70 East has been closed at least four hours for the investigation.

UPDATE @ 9:23 p.m.:

We’re now hearing that a stabbing, believed to have involved a trucker, is the incident that led the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department to shut down I-70 East near Richmond, Indiana.

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Dianna Vasher, a trucker headed toward New Jersey, said she is hearing over CB radio there is a body on the ground on the right side of a semitrailer, which is on the right shoulder of the interstate.

We have not been able to confirm her account with authorities.

She said she is hearing there is no timetable for the interstate to reopen.

⁉️🚧 Expect a traffic delay for several miles near the 156 mile marker on Interstate 70 Eastbound. If you’re able to do...

Posted by Wayne County Sheriff's Department on Friday, August 16, 2019


I-70 East is shut down at the exit to Richmond, Indiana, until further notice because of an investigation involving the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, according to sheriff’s dispatch.

The officer tells WHIO-TV the eastbound lanes were closed about 6:30 p.m. at mile marker 156, which exits the interstate and takes drivers into Richmond city.

He could not release any details at this time.

Callers to this newsroom report seeing crime scene tape along the interstate.

We’re working to find out more about the incident in Richmond and we’ll update this developing report.

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