Hamilton Township police are investigating a stabbing Saturday at the Hamilton Mall.

Hamilton police Detective Frank Schalek said there was one reported victim.  By 4:40 p.m., police said investigators had found the stabbing victim at an unspecified local hospital, where he was being treated for nonlife-threatening injures.

Police were still looking Saturday night for the stabbing suspect, who fled the mall after the incident. Police described the suspect as a heavy-set black man, possibly in his late teens or early 20s.

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Police cordoned off a section of the mall near the KicksUSA store and Macy's lower-level mall entrance for about two hours following the afternoon stabbing. About 30 onlookers had gathered to watch as police surveyed the scene.

By 3:30 p.m., investigators were examining what appeared to be a blade from a box cutter.

Blood spatter was visible in a public seating area near the stores' entrances, with mall security and Hamilton Township police officers on the scene. The KicksUSA store was temporarily closed and lined with police tape, but was reopened by 5 p.m.

One man, who would only give his first name, John, identified himself as a KicksUSA assistant manager and said "two dudes got in a fight in the store."

The fight did not appear to be about shoes, he said. It soon spilled out into the mall, where "they were fighting really good," he said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the event or has any information is asked to contact the Township of Hamilton Police Department at 609-625-2700.



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