A good Samaritan was stabbed Tuesday morning as he tried to detain a convicted felon who was breaking into cars outside McDonalds.
The knife-wielding felon, Devon Ray Kirby, 25, has been charged with aggravated assault and multiple counts of auto burglary and theft. The victim refused treatment at the scene for a laceration to his arm inflicted by a large, folding-blade knife.
According to McMinnville police detective Todd Rowland, the incident happened shortly after 9 a.m. when Kirby was seen breaking into vehicles in the parking lot of McDonalds and stealing items. One of the victims saw what was going on and confronted him. Kirby then fled across the road to Dollar General and the man pursued.
“There were words exchanged inside the store and the manager told them to go outside,” Rowland said of the build up to the stabbing. “Once outside, our good Samaritan grabbed ahold of Kirby to detain him until police arrived.”
While holding onto the suspected burglar, the man was stabbed in the wrist area of his arm by Kirby. However, the man did not relinquish his hold but instead took Kirby to the ground and sat on him until police arrived. It was at that time he realized Kirby had more than a knife. A gun, which he had taken from one of the cars, was lying on the ground next to the knife.
Rowland said the incident should serve as a reminder to motorists to lock their cars, even if they are just stepping away to get an Egg McMuffin.
“He was looking for the easy targets,” said Rowland, adding Kirby has prior convictions but none are of the violent variety.