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Reynoldstown Argument Leads to Multiple Stabbings

Victims all taken to Atlanta Medical Center.

REYNOLDSTOWN — An argument between two men at a party resulted in several stabbings and the arrest of the suspected stabber, Atlanta police said.

Luke Patrick O'Donovan, 19, is charged with five counts of aggravated assault, police said.

Atlanta Police Department spokewsoman Kim Jones gave the following account:

At about 3 a.m. police responded to a 911 call from a motorist at North Avenue and Freedom Parkway in Poncey-Highland who was transporting two of the victims to the Atlanta Medical Center.

The stabbings occurred at 239 Gibson St.

Witnesses reported that O'Donovan got into an argument with another man that escalated into a physical fight with O'Donovan stabbing that man as well as four others who tried to subdue him.

All five stabbing victims, including two who had stab wounds to the abdominal and legs, were transported to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. All victims were reported in stable condition with the exception one victim who was rushed to surgery in critical but stable condition.

O'Donovan suffered a cut to his lower back in the fracas and was hospitalized at Atlanta Medical Center as well.

He was charged at the hospital.

concerned January 03, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Just cause is full of it. First of all, his mugshot is widely circulated and clearly shows that he did take a beating. Also, he doesn't even have a MySpace account, let alone one with skinhead images. Luke O'Donovan is a more common name than you might think. I think it's pathetic that these dudes were able to gang up on a 19 year old kid and he's the one in legal trouble for defending himself. People die from being beaten all the time. If he didn't have the knife who knows how tragically this could have turned out. All the so called victims are alive and well and face no charges while a 19 year old kid faces five counts of aggravated assault. That doesn't seem right.
chris smith January 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Is there an update? Just wondering, things just don't add up...why weren't the at least 12 other people arrested? Is the guy who got stabbed in the heart out of the hospital? Did anyone video if there were so many people just standing around watching? Does anyone remember the old rhyme "sticks and stones"?
Péralte Paul January 10, 2013 at 05:49 AM
There's a hearing next week. O'Donovan remains in custody.
alex kitchens January 10, 2013 at 06:06 AM
I'm just glad the family and friends are organizing legal and financial support for a trial and not for a funeral! Imagine if he hadn't defended himself. I've read in the GA Voice interview with a witness that the attack on O'Donovan seemed coordinated and happened as the party was ending. Maybe all of his friends were gone already? This is a shame; but I'm glad he defended himself.
Lenny Kirk February 17, 2013 at 06:41 AM
What's the beating? That small bruise on his lower lip? Jeez, those 12 guys sure walloped him! Also, the kid Luke stabbed IN THE AORTA was 19 years old, too, so don't drag age into it like it immediately absolves Luke of his crime. Yes, crime.

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