Hot Springs Police Chief David Shelton confirms that a stabbing took place Saturday, Sept. 27, at the French Broad Brew Fest during an altercation, that a suspect was arrested and that the victim is at Mission Hospital in Asheville.
Witnesses tell Xpress that one individual was stabbed in the groin and the suspect was held by “6-8 men … until police arrived.” The victim, who had intervened in an altercation, was airlifted by MAMA to Mission Hospital.
Chief Shelton noted that the knife — a 4 or 4 1/2-inch folding blade — didn’t cut the victim’s femoral artery but, nonetheless, the injury resulted in substantial blood loss.
Event organizers praised the response of the festival’s medical and security teams, as well as others who helped restrain the suspect until police arrived. In nearly 20 years of festivals, says co-organizer Matt Kern, “we’ve never had anything like this [happen]. It was extremely unusual.” He says that two festival goers intervened to hold the suspect until security arrived.