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Gainesville Police arrest man in connection with stabbing at apartment complex

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Gainesville Police have arrested a man accused of stabbing another man twice in the back during a party early Tuesday morning.

Investigators charged 44-year-old Malcolm Lawson with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He's being held at the Alachua County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Officers responded to a reported stabbing at Village Crossing Apartments at 501 SE 18th St. around 4:30 a.m.. Officers found residents treating a man in his 40s who had two stab wounds in his back.

Police say they helped provide medical care until fire-rescue arrived and took him to UF Health, where he's expected to survive.

An incident report released Wednesday says Lawson and the victim were at the party when they started fighting. A witness told police several people at the party broke up the fight but Lawson went inside the apartment, grabbed a knife and rushed "full force" toward the victim, who fell down. Police say the victim was stabbed twice before witnesses again broke up the fight and got Lawson to drop the knife before he ran away.

The report says Lawson called 911 asking for an ambulance because of a deep cut to his hand. The report says Lawson admitted to stabbing the victim but said he was defending himself.

A property manager at the apartment complex said Tuesday they have no comment until the police report is made available.

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