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Manhunt underway for man accused of Jonesborough stabbing

Johnson City Press • Updated Jul 5, 2018 at 5:26 PM

Deputies sought public assistance Thursday in finding a man accused of stabbing another man last month near Jonesborough but issued a caution about approaching the wanted man.

On the night of June 21, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies found a man bleeding with severe stab wounds off U.S, Highway 11E.

Sheriff Ed Graybeal reported that the man told deputies that he and James “JR” McInturff, 36, were at a residence on Upper Sand Valley Road when an altercation occurred. The man told deputies McInturff had stabbed him with a knife.

The man, who was not identified in the WCSO’s news release, suffered what Graybeal described as significant stab wounds to his face and arms.

Later that evening, investigators went to the crime scene and unsuccessfully tried to find McInturff. They obtained a warrant for his arrest charging him with aggravated assault.

The release described McInturff  as white, standing about 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing 185 pounds and having short brown hair and blue eyes, as well as a distinctive scar on the right side of his face.

Citizens were asked not to approach or attempt to apprehend McInturff as he may be armed with a knife. Anyone with information regarding the case or the whereabouts of McInturff was asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 423-788-1414. Callers may remain anonymous.

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