Stabbing investigation leads to man's arrest in Cornville

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Nathaniel Stubbs By Jennifer Thomas Nathaniel Stubbs By Jennifer Thomas

CORNVILLE, Ariz. – Yavapai County sheriff's deputies arrested a 41-year-old man following an auto theft and stabbing investigation in Cornville.

Deputies were called to an area near Highway 89A and Cornville Road Tuesday evening. According to Dwight D'Evelyn with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, a 51-year-old man reported being assaulted and stabbed by a suspect who was still in the area.

Deputies located the suspect, Nathaniel Stubbs, about a mile away and discovered he had a probation warrant out of Maricopa County. They also determined that the Ford Explorer Stubbs was driving had been stolen from his mother.

The victim told deputies that while he was "preaching" along the roadside, Stubbs stopped his vehicle to talk to him. The victim said Stubbs was intoxicated and he encouraged him not to drive, even offering to buy him food.

The victim said he returned with food a short time later and found Stubbs parked in the area consuming hard liquor. The victim convinced Stubbs to let him drive the Explorer to a roadway turnout where he could eat and sleep.

The victim reported that as he was walking back to his motorhome parked in the vicinity, Stubbs drove by and briefly followed him. A few minutes later, Stubbs stopped at the victim's nearby campsite where he accused him of stealing his phone and then tried to grab him.

D'Evelyn said the victim raised his hands to defend himself and was injured by a knife that Stubbs was holding. The victim was able to knock Stubbs to the ground and grab the knife. He also took the Explorer's keys and flagged down a passerby to call the sheriff's office.

The victim sustained injuries to his left arm and was treated at the scene then transported to a hospital.

Stubbs was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on his warrant and vehicle theft. Assault charges are pending follow-up with the victim, who initially declined to prosecute.

Stubbs remains in custody on $4,500 bond.