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Argument over tattoo leads to alleged stabbing

Updated: Friday, February 7 2014, 09:45 PM EST

By NEWS9

HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va.—

The suspect accused of stabbing a man several times in November appeared in Hancock County Magistrate Court Friday morning.

Tony Varlas, 39, faces a felony malicious wounding charge in connection to a stabbing incident from Nov. 11, 2013.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim told police that that he was at Varlas’ home to get a tattoo, only after getting the tattoo he told Varlas that he did not have the $50 to pay for it.

That’s when, according to the complaint, Varlas threatened to cut the tattoo off of the victim.  A fight ensued, and the victim was allegedly stabbed several times.

A friend took the victim from the home along the 100 block of N. 10th Street in Weirton to the hospital, where the victim was treated for several stab wounds to the side of his neck and upper torso area.

In court Friday, Varlas’ defense attorney asked for a dismissal due to the fact that the alleged victim did not appear in court.  Prosecutor Jim Davis did not object, noting that the victim had been subpoenaed, and has not appeared in court on two separate occasions.

Magistrate Mike White granted the dismissal request and the case will now go before the next grand jury in April.  At this time, Varlas remains out of jail on bond.

Argument over tattoo leads to alleged stabbing


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