Last week, around 5 p.m. on a Tuesday evening, a 37-year-old man became the victim of a curious case of knife crime after a stranger propositioned his wife with an offer to purchase some crack cocaine. Although the knife-wielding suspect claimed he acted in self defense when he repeatedly stabbed the man, the victim and his wife say he was actually an irate and edgy crack dealer. No one was surprised.
When police responded to a call about a fight in a store on Hyde Street, they found the victim bleeding profusely. Meanwhile, 47-year-old suspect Johnnie Jones claimed he was only trying to defend himself from the victim's wife who allegedly stepped on his shoe "and didn't even say excuse me."
If it sounds like piece of that story is missing, it's because Jones neglected to mention to the cops the part where he offered to sell crack cocaine to the lady as she and her husband were on their way to grab a drink on Eddy Street. According to police, when the woman became offended and declined the offer, Jones lost his crack dealer cool and allegedly slapped the woman in the face before knocking her to the ground. When the husband stepped in, Jones attacked him with a knife.
Still claiming self-defense, Jones followed the couple in to the Hyde Street store where they called the police, accusing the victim of being "a snitch" the whole time. Jones was unscathed in the incident and pled not guilty to felony charges of assault and battery last week.