Columbia man stabbed near Eighth and Park

Police are still searching for the suspect.
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The Columbia Police Department is searching for the suspect in a stabbing that occurred Friday night near Eighth Street and Park Avenue.

Police said the victim, a 40-year-old Columbia resident who police declined to identify, was walking north on Eighth Street around 11:30 p.m. when the suspect approached him and demanded his property and money. The victim then struggled with the suspect and was stabbed in the chest, a CPD news release stated.

The release stated the victim was stabbed with an unknown sharp object.

The suspect fled north on Eighth Street without taking anything.

CPD Lt. Dianne Bernhard said the victim was taken to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Bernhard said the hospital planned on observing him overnight and then releasing him.

"Nothing serious happened (overnight) or we would've heard about it," Bernhard said.

Police said the suspect is a man in his mid-30s, approximately six feet tall, of medium build and with a mustache, the release stated.

He was last seen wearing a black coat, hat and blue jeans.

CPD Sgt. Ken Hammond of the Major Crimes Unit could not be reached for comment.

Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS.

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