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Oklahoma City man accused of stabbing friend with hypodermic needle

Oklahoma City police arrested Christian James Smith, 22, on complaints of assault and battery and on two city warrants, according to a report released Monday.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com Modified: May 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm •  Published: May 13, 2013
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Police arrested an Oklahoma City man accused of stabbing a friend with a hypodermic needle.

Christian James Smith, 22, was arrested Friday on complaints of assault and battery and on two city warrants, according to a police report released Monday.

Police responded about 1:20 p.m. to an assault call at SW 134 and Pennsylvania Avenue. Joseph Paul Thornton, 28, of Tuttle, told police Smith stabbed him in the arm with a hypodermic needle, according to the report.

Thornton told police he has known Smith for many years and the two used to do drugs together, but he has been clean for two months.

Thornton told police he picked up Smith and drove to a Sonic Drive-In restaurant, where he told Smith to get out when Smith started acting belligerent. Thornton said Smith became more upset and stabbed his arm with the needle, according to the report.

While Thornton was being treated by paramedics, Smith told police, “I didn't stab him with anything; you can't prove I did that,” according to the report.

Smith was being held at the Oklahoma County jail with bail set at $3,078, jail officials said.

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