A man who stabbed a good Samaritan who intervened when he saw him breaking into cars has been sentenced to nine months in jail.
The man, Devon Ray Kirby, entered guilty pleas to charges of auto burglary, theft, aggravated assault and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. He was ordered by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve nine months of a four-year sentence.
According to McMinnville police detective Todd Rowland, the incident happened shortly after 9 a.m. in April when Kirby was seen breaking into vehicles in the parking lot of McDonald’s 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. “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 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.