Hazard Police Arrest Stabbing Suspect

Around 9pm Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the Hazard Police Department received a call of a man at a residence on Combs Street who appeared to be seriously injured. The man had left the area before officer arrived. While searching for the man, officers received a call from Hazard ARH about a patient in the emergency room who had been cut and stabbed. The victim was discovered to have nine knife wounds to his body. Due to injuries and medical treatment being administered, the victim was not able to provide a detailed statement about who committed the assault. An investigation determined Charles Olinger as a suspect. A search warrant was obtained and executed at his residence, which uncovered a hoodie with a blood stain in the washing machine. It will be transported to the Kentucky State Police Forensic Lab for examination. Olinger, 55 of Hazard, was charged with assault and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.

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