Caraway Man Recovering From Friday Night Stabbing

May 19, 2007 - Posted at 6:51 p.m. CDT

CARAWAY-The small and quiet town of Caraway was buzzing Friday night after a local man was stabbed in the side.

"Mr. Johnson had been seeing Shannon McLean's ex-wife. It's been an ongoing thing for about six months. Last night they just went a little too far with it," said Caraway Police Chief Jerry Vaughn.

The Caraway Police Department responded to the call about 8:20 Friday night.

Initial reports were that the man had been stabbed at a neighborhood restaurant.

The situation actually began across the street when Mr. Johnson and Mr. McClean got into an altercation at the corner of Kentucky and Chicago streets. The incident finally came to a close, however, in the parking lot of the Cowboy Grill, where employees and patrons say they didn't even know what was going on.

"I was waiting on a customer and all of a sudden the door opened and the police came in and wanted to know where the stabbed man was. I had no idea what they were talking about," said Barbara Fletcher.

Moments later the parking lot of the Cowboy Grill was full of commotion.

"There were little groups of people all around. There were lots of people out there by this time. The ambulance was here. There were several men around the car working with the injured man," said Fletcher.

Shannon McClean was transported to St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro where he is listed in Fair condition Saturday night..

The suspect, 43-year-old Loyd Johnson, was arrested and is now being held at the Craighead County Jail.   He is set to appear before a judge Monday morning for a probable cause hearing.

"It was pretty exciting, and yet kinda scary. We were nervous for a while. It was just the movement of everything that had happened. It just does not happen here in Caraway," said Fletcher.

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