At approximately 8 p.m. Sunday night, April 14, the Dardanelle Police Department responded to 1158 Highway 7 North, the Valero station, following a 911 call reporting two men fighting. As officers checked en route to the location, the dispatcher advised that one man was armed with a knife. One of the men involved was described to be wearing a t-shirt and the other man who was armed with the knife was not wearing a shirt.
Upon the arrival of officers, they located a male victim who had been stabbed as the second male attempted to flee the scene. Dardanelle officers apprehended the suspect moments later and were informed by a witness that the fleeing man had thrown the knife he had been armed with under a building nearby. As contact was made with the stabbing victim, Yell County EMS was dispatched to the scene. Officers on scene advised dispatch that the victim had sustained serious injuries in the incident and had been stabbed in his head, neck, arm, chest and face.
Upon the arrival of Yell County EMS, the unidentified man was transported from the scene to Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center for treatment.
After the victim was transported, officers set up a perimeter around the crime scene and spoke to witnesses.
The suspect identified as Juan Carlos Fernandez, 29 of Danville, was transported to the Yell County Detention Center where he was booked into the jail and held on the felony charge of Attempted Murder.
At this time, the identity of the victim and his current condition are unknown. No further information has been released.
A short time following the Dardanelle stabbing, investigators with the Yell County Sheriff's Department responded to an apartment complex in Ola after they received a call of a deceased person lying on Second Street.
The death is being investigated as suspicious and the victim's age and identity are unknown.
At this time, the death and the Dardanelle stabbing are believed to be unrelated.
As additional updates are received in this story, River Valley Now will update readers.