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Boro police seek stabbing suspect
Dead phone battery sparks attack
Eliza John Boyd III - photo by Special
    A cell phone battery going dead during a phone call made a man so angry he attacked and stabbed another man three times, police said. Statesboro Police Det. Terry Briley is seeking Eliza John Boyd III in connection with the attack and hopes citizens will help locate the suspect.
    The victim, Michael Johnson, 18, West Inman Street, was in stable condition Friday after being stabbed once in the chest, once in the back and once in the hand, said Statesboro Police Det. Sgt. James Winskey.
    Police Officer Andrew smith, Advanced Patrol Officer Marcus Hartwell and Sgt. John Allen Smith responded to the West Inman Street address around 9 p.m. Wednesday to reports of a fight where a man had been stabbed. Briley also responded t the scene and spoke  to witnesses who told him a man  they knew as “ Lil Wayne,” “Man,” or “ S. A. V.” attacked Johnson.
    Briley later identified the suspect as Boyd, 20, Frink Road, Winskey said.
    The fight began after Boyd  became “ angry with Mr. Johnson over a cellular phone battery going dead during a call and attacked (the victim) with a knife, inflicting three stab wounds,” he said.
    Witnesses told Briley Boyd fled the scene after the stabbing, he said. Johnson was taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center’s emergency room for immediate treatment and later transported to  Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah.
    After Briley collected evidence at the scene that led t Boyd’s identity, he issued warrants for Boyd’s arrest on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, Winskey said.
    “Anyone with information on this crime or who knows the location of the offender ... Eliza John Boyd III, are asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (912) 764-1542 or 764-9911,” he said. “All information will be kept confidential.”

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