VINELAND – City police say a Monday stabbing that left a local resident dead and his assailant injured was preceded by a fistfight that between the two men a few days earlier.
Authorities allege that Johnnie R. Malloy and two other men went looking for Jovelle Blackwell on Monday with the intent of resuming the fight.
City police said Malloy, 31, North East Avenue here, and the two other men found Blackwell, 34, in the backyard of a home in Humbert Street.
The 2:25 p.m. confrontation resulted in Blackwell stabbing Malloy in the chest with a folding pocket knife, police allege. Malloy was eventually pronounced dead at Inspira Medical Center Vineland, they said.
Blackwell was subsequently assaulted by the two men who accompanied Malloy, police charge. He suffered several injuries, including a large laceration to his left hand, they said. Blackwell was treated at the medical incident and released, they said.
Now, Blackwell is charged with manslaughter, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon. He is being held in the Cumberland County jail in Bridgeton on $25,000 bail.
No information was available from police about the two men who accompanied Malloy.
Monday’s stabbing occurred in a neighborhood with a mix of single- and multi-family homes, along with the C & D Garden Apartments. The backyard of the property where the stabbing occurred abuts Roberto Clemente Park, which has athletic fields and a children’s playground.
According to authorities, city police were initially heading to C & D Garden Apartments in response to an assault report. Officers were then flagged down by persons near Humbert and South 8th streets who reported a stabbing victim, authorities said. An injured Malloy was then found in the backyard of the Humbert Street residence, they said.
While investigating the stabbing, police said a caller who lived in the apartment complex reported that Blackwell, a family member, had been assaulted and injured.
Police said Blackwell was “hanging out” with friends in the backyard of that property when he was confronted by Malloy and the two other men.
Malloy and Blackwell had reportedly engaged in a fistfight several days earlier, and “Malloy was looking to fight him again,” police said. No information was available about the fight.
After Malloy was stabbed and Blackwell was injured, Blackwell fled the Humbert Street property while others at the scene tended to Malloy, police said. Blackwell went to a residence at the apartment complex and eventually went to the medical center, they said. He was arrested after his release from the medical center, they said.
Authorities said they have found the knife used in the incident.
Anyone with information about Monday’s incident can contact Det. Richard Burke of the Police Department here at 856-691-4111, ext. 4181.