Arrest made in stabbing at Marietta McDonald’s

From staff reports

An argument and stabbing Monday night at the McDonald’s on Glendale Road in Marietta resulted in the arrest of a 28-year-old Marietta resident.

According to police reports, Marietta Police officers responded to the restaurant in reference to a stabbing. Upon their arrival, they found the suspect had fled on foot.

The suspect, Joseph L. Kirk, last known address 276 Ridgewood Court Apt. D, Marietta, was arrested outside the Dollar General Store at 136 Grove St., Marietta. He was charged with felonious assault for allegedly stabbing Jeffrey Powers in the right arm with a knife.

Powers, 29, of 411 1/2 Third St., Marietta, was sitting outside the restaurant when Kirk allegedly came toward him, cursing and pointing a knife at him. The argument started because Powers had allegedly been stealing from Kirk. Kirk was angry and confronted Powers and told him to fight.

The two then walked inside the restaurant.

On video, they could see the Kirk attack Powers with a knife, said Marietta Police Sgt. L.L. Ritchey. Witnesses said Kirk hit Powers and Powers fell down.

Powers was injured while trying to defend himself and was assisted by customers until he could be treated by emergency services, according to the report. He was treated and released at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

After he stabbed Powers, Kirk allegedly fled toward the Giant Eagle, where he threw the knife in a trash can. The recovered knife was possibly four inches long, according to the police report.