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Man stabbed in parking lot of fast food restaurant

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Catherine W. Idzerda
October 6, 2008
— A verbal exchange over driving skills resulted in a stabbing outside a Janesville fast food restaurant Saturday.

At 8:24 p.m., Janesville police responded to the parking lot of Subway restaurant, 1929 Center Ave, Janesville.


The 27-year-old victim was inside the restaurant when Jacob E. Pope, 23, of 2623 Vail Court, No. 7, Janesville, pulled into the parking lot. When the victim left the restaurant, he made a comment to Pope about his driving. The two got into a heated exchange that ended when Pope stabbed the man in the neck, according to police reports.


Pope left, drove to an address on Kellogg Avenue, changed cars and then drove to his former address at 1632 Willard St., Janesville, where he was arrested, according to police reports.


The victim was taken to Mercy Hospital for a cut to his neck. He was treated and later released.


Police obtained a search warrant to look for the weapon in the Willard Street house and in Pope’s car.


A weapon was found but police couldn’t confirm that it was the weapon that was used in the incident.


After interviewing witnesses, police arrested Pope on charges of first-degree reckless injury and a probation hold.


Pope was being held at the Rock County Jail this morning until his first court appearance.



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