In a case very similar to one in Wadesboro in 2010, police arrested Matthew Daniel Gatewood for a stabbing in Union County on Dec. 29.
At the time of the stabbing, Gatewood, 29, was on supervised probation for the unprovoked attack and stabbing of a stranger at the Wadesboro Walmart in 2010, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Department. At about 1 p.m. on Dec. 29, Union County Communications received a call about a stabbing at the Marathon Convenience Store in downtown Mineral Springs on Waxhaw Highway. When officers arrived, the 18-year-old victim was being assisted by first responders and Union EMS personnel.
The unnamed victim told officers that he had been attacked outside the store by a man holding a knife, but that he did not know why he had been attacked. He had been stabbed multiple times before his attacker drove south down Potter’s Road. Officers received a description of the assailant and his vehicle from witnesses at the scene, according to the statement. The victim was transported to CMC with life-threatening injuries.
Officers soon found the car parked at a residence in the 4700 block of Crow Road, not far from the convenience store. After interviewing a man at the residence, officers arrested Gatewood for the stabbing attack and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.
Gatewood is currently in the Union County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond and has a March 3 court date in Union County District Criminal Court.
The attack was similar to the one in Wadesboro in 2010. In both attacks, the victim was stabbed. While officers would not discuss possible motives for this attack, they believe that it was “completely unprovoked” by the victim, as the Wadesboro stabbing was.
The stabbing was “brutal,” according to Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey, who expressed his gratitude to officers who helped with the situation. “I appreciate the assistance of Waxhaw Police Officer Josh Phillips in initially spotting Gatewood’s vehicle, and our own folks for making the case against this man,” Cathey said.