Independence County stabbing victim identified

Published: Sep. 11, 2022 at 4:05 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2022 at 7:26 PM CDT
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INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - Independence County Sheriff’s office is investigating a Sunday stabbing.

On Sunday Region 8 News spoke with Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens who said a stabbing in the northern part of the county was being investigated.

An Independence County Sheriff’s Department incident report revealed the victim’s identity and a witness.

According to the incident report on September 11 deputies were dispatched to White River Medical Center around 3:19 p.m. in reference to a stabbing that occurred an hour South of Cave City, but were advised the victim didn’t want to give any information on the incident.

At the hospital, deputies interviewed the victim 37-year-old, Ernesto Trevino, from Newark, and the witness, 48-year-old Brian Ballard from Batesville.

Ballard had minor lacerations across his face and brought Trevino to the hospital but was “uncooperative” when asked questions by an officer and did not want to fill out a written statement.

Trevino had major lacerations on the right side of his abdomen and right arm. He told police he was on Antioch Road off North Saint Louis in a Black GMC Denali Yukon when a “bad operation” occurred and someone from the back seat started to stab him. The only other information Trevino provided was that there were 4 Hispanic males.

Region 8 News will update this developing story as more information becomes available.