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Suspect in firefighter beating turns himself in

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 11:23 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A suspect in the alleged beating and stabbing of a Huntington firefighter turned himself in to authorities Friday, according to Huntington Police Detective Chris Sperry.

On Saturday morning, Sperry said Justin Stahl, 20, turned himself in, was arraigned before Cabell County Magistrate Mike Woelfel and posted bond. The second suspect, Rhamel Hatcher, is still being sought.

Stahl and Hatcher are both charged with malicious wounding, stemming from a June 20 altercation behind a nightclub in the 1200 block of 4th Avenue.

The pair are alleged to have attacked Huntington firefighter Seth Summers, 23, as he was helping a friend outside a nearby sporting goods store. Summers lost consciousness and woke in an intensive care room with three stab wounds to his stomach, along with bruises and a boot imprint to his face. He was released from the hospital last week and has since returned to light-duty work, according to Huntington Fire Chief Carl Eastham.

Court records link the two men to a series of incidents. Stahl was charged with five felonies related to a 2012 incident, but those charges were dismissed when the victim failed to appear in court. Hatcher served a one-year jail sentence for his role in the 2010 beating death of leukemia patient Jeremy Scott Cook.

The current incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information on Hatcher's whereabouts is asked to call the Huntington Police Department tip line at 304-696-4444.

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