Charges filed in throat stabbing incident

36-year-old Christopher Hagan of Vienna is in custody accused of stabbing another man in the back and throat.

A 36-year-old Vienna man is charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action, and probation violation after the Maries County Sheriff says he stabbed a man in the back and throat early Sunday. 36-year-old Christopher Hagan is in custody on $250,000 bond.

According to Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman, deputies were called at about 2:30 Sunday morning to a residence on County Road 302, from whence the victim had called reporting he had been stabbed.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the victim had left and driven himself to a Jefferson City hospital. He has since been transferred to a Columbia hospital in stable condition.

After the victim got out of surgery, he told police he and Hagan had been drinking before the attack and that Hagan had drunk most of the whiskey. He said Hagan came up behind him and "punched" him in the back. It wasn't until a few moments later he realized Hagan had a knife in his hand.

Deputies then got a warrant for Hagan's house, where they recovered a knife they believe to be the assault weapon. They then began searching for Hagan, and arrested him a short time later in St. James.

Heitman says the motive in the stabbing is unclear, but may have involved conflict over a woman. He says the victim was stabbed in the back, with the six to seven-inch blade thrust forward into his stomach area. He then had his throat cut, according to Heitman.

Heitman says Hagan is known to law enforcement in Maries County and was on probation at the time of his arrest for possession of a controlled substance, tampering with a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest.

Hagan is in custody in the Maries County Jail on $250,000 bond for two of the charges; there is no bond set on the probation violation charge.