A 21-YEAR-OLD Emerald man has been arrested and charged after the alleged stabbing of an youth on New Year's Day.
Acting on information, Emerald CIB detectives yesterday arrested the man at an undisclosed residence at 1.30pm.
The man was charged with one count of unlawful wounding and is to appear in Emerald Magistrates Court on January 10.
Witnesses told police a New Year's Eve party at a Mellish Cres residence spilled on to the street, where a fight broke out between two males resulting in an 18-year-old receiving a suspected knife wound to his midriff, centimetres from his ribs and vital organs.
The alleged offence occurred around 4am on Sunday. The suspect fled the scene, running east along Harris St, causing police to appeal to the public for more information. Police believe the victim and suspect were not known to each other.
Officers attended the scene and found the victim lying on the road. They began first aid before the Queensland Ambulance Service arrived.
Paramedics treated the man and transported him to Emerald Hospital before he was flown to the Rockhampton Base Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.
Acting officer-in-charge Sergeant Terry McCullough said he was shocked at this level of violence occurring in Emerald.
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