Howard Martin III, 41, was arrested for felonious assault after stabbing a man outside of the Taft Center. (Photo: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Witnesses say a man started slashing and stabbing another man at the corner of Sycamore and Ninth (Photo: FOX19)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
A man was arrested after stabbing another man outside of the William Howard Taft Center in Downtown Cincinnati Friday morning.
Witnesses said Howard Martin III, 41, walked up to the victim around 9 a.m. and stabbed him multiple times with a butcher knife in the face and neck. The victim told police he did not know Martin. Witnesses said the attack was unprovoked, and no words were exchanged between the two.
Martin was arrested in the parking lot outside the Hamilton County courthouse and has been charged with felonious assault.
The victim was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
"I'm very grateful to those who witnessed it, intervened and put closure to it immediately and really kept him from doing it to somebody else," said Captain Mike Neville with Cincinnati Police.
Martin has a previous history of violence, harassment and theft, including a 2011 conviction for making threatening calls to his former employer, WCPO-TV, who added armed security to their building after Martin began harassing employees, and a 1998 guilty plea to theft.