UPDATE: Victim stabbed trying to stop a larceny suspect, Joplin man charged

James R. Turnbull

James R. Turnbull (mugshot from Joplin Police Department)

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Joplin man is recovering after a larceny suspect stabbed him, according to police.

On March 29, 2020, around 8:00 p.m., Joplin Police Officers responded to Dave’s Mini Mart at 801 S. Maiden Lane for a stabbing. They got there and found Harold Ray, 55, of Joplin, with a stab wound to his abdomen.

EMS crews took Ray to the hospital, where he has since been reported in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Joplin Police, Ray tried to stop a larceny suspect from leaving the store. The suspect, identified as James Turnbull, 55, stabbed Ray then ran. Patrol officers found the Turnbull in the area of 7th St. and Maiden Lane.

Police arrested him for Assault 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action and Resisting Arrest. The Prosecutors Office this afternoon filed official charges of Assault 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action, according to online court records.

As of this afternoon, March 30, no bond has been set yet in Turnbull’s case.