The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

March 17, 2014

Argument leads to stabbing, felony charges

An argument between roommates led to a stabbing Saturday at a home in the 800 block of South Chestnut Avenue in Joplin, police said.

Police Lt. Charla Geller said officers who were called to the address regarding a disturbance with a weapon found Nathan C. Booth, 32, with a stab wound to his neck. Geller said Booth told officers that his roommate, Bruce A. Hobson, 65, stabbed him. Booth was taken to Freeman Hospital West for treatment of his wound.

Hobson was arrested and charged with first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action. He told police that Booth kept provoking him and would not get out of his face. Hobson said he was trying to cook some cheeseburgers and had a knife in his hand. When Booth continued provoking him and grinned at him, he stabbed him, Hobson told police, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

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