A suspect is in custody after police say he tried to pick a fight with a group of men, and ended up stabbing one of them.
Police say this all started on the Charlottesville downtown mall around 3:00 a.m. Friday. A verbal argument turned violent, and one victim was left with three stab wounds.
Charlottesville police say 24-year-old Frederick Alexander Thomas of New Canton, Virginia walked up and started provoking a group of five men.
A 31-year-old man in the group tried to break things up. The suspect allegedly punched him and then pulled a knife. The man ran and Thomas chased him up to East Market Street.
Police say that's when Thomas stabbed the victim twice in the arm and once in the side. The victim was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center for treatment. He is expected to recover.
Thomas has been charged with malicious wounding. He is being held without bond.