Man critically stabbed at gas station, then arrested for beating - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man critically stabbed at gas station, then arrested for beating girlfriend

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Police are investigating a brutal stabbing at a gas station not far from Downtown Memphis at Poplar and Danny Thomas. The victim even drove himself five miles away to get help, but he's now behind bars as the suspect.

Police said the victim, Thomas Johnson, was stabbed multiple times after being jumped by three men. But Johnson was also a suspect who, according to police, beat and choked his girlfriend right before he was stabbed.

Police returned to the Exxon gas station on the corner of Poplar and Danny Thomas Sunday afternoon, hours after police said Thomas Johnson hit his girlfriend. Johnson then told police three of her friends intervened, stabbing him over and over again.

"Oh I think it's sad," customer Kevin Snipe said. "It's a pathetic situation."

Police said after Johnson was stabbed, he got into his car and drove 10 minutes, more than five miles away, to Dawn Drive where his other girlfriend lived.

That woman's daughter said Johnson showed up at their house with blood all over him. She asked not to be identified on camera.

"He was gushing blood, just blood was gushing everywhere," she said. "So when I look at him, he was passing out, going in and out of consciousness. I thought he was stabbed eight, nine times by the look at him."

She claims her mother was not Johnson's other girlfriend.

"That's not her boyfriend, that is not my mother's boyfriend," she said. "He is an acquaintance not a boyfriend."

“That's not her boyfriend; that is not my mother's boyfriend. He is an acquaintance, not a boyfriend.”

However, a second police report said police also went to the same location when Johnson's girlfriend was attacked. They said Johnson and his girlfriend, along with her mother, were visiting friends in the area when they went inside the store.

The woman then said Johnson became angry and she and her mother decided to walk home. She said he grabbed her by the neck and choked her and hit her several times in the face.

She said a concerned citizen intervened and the Johnson left the area in a Chevrolet Impala.

Police said the woman’s mother was not involved in the altercation and was unable to provide a summary of what happened because she was intoxicated.

Officers found several small superficial abrasions on the woman’s chest.

Girlfriend or not, this crime is a scary reminder for some to be very careful no matter where you are.

"I'm not scared to go anywhere in Memphis but when you hear about these type of situations, we should all be scared," Snipe said.

The Hop-In convenience store at the station said they've turned surveillance footage from that night over to police.

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