Benny Cook

Benny Cook

A Canton man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing another man in the neck.

According to court documents, Benny Cook, 71, was arrested by Canton Police Det. Sgt. Neal Swanger for stabbing another man.

Swanger said CPD responded to a call for a fight in the parking lot of the O’Reilly Auto Parts in Canton. He added that the fight did not initially involve Cook, but at some point he intervened.

“The fight itself ensued over an argument, and the suspect got involved and the victim was cut on the side of the throat with a knife,” Swanger said.

The victim was taken to the Haywood Regional Medical Center, where he received treatment. While Swanger said the injuries were not life threatening, they were serious.

“There was blood … it wasn’t gushing or anything, but there was quite a bit,” he said.

Neither of the men who were initially fighting will face charges.

“They were told if they wanted to they could file their own charges, but they both said they wouldn’t press charges,” Swanger said.

Although Cook wasn’t arrested right away, Swanger said he cooperated and took himself down to the station, where he was transported to the Haywood County Detention Center. Not long after, they located the weapon, a 3.5-inch lock blade folding knife, at Cook’s residence.

Following his arrest, Cook was charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, a felony.

Although Cook hasn’t had any run-ins with the law recently, he has faced several charges in North Carolina dating back to the late ‘80s, including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and a number of charges related to the theft of automobiles and automobile parts.

He is being held at the Haywood County Detention Center on $25,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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