Domestic argument turns into stabbing

ALBANY, Ga. -- An argument between a man and a woman erupted into physical violence at about 9 a.m. Thursday on the 600 block of 10th Avenue, a police report stated.

The fight sent Dontavious Hicks, 21, to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital with a stab wound to the middle of his back, said Steve Butler, Albany Police Department spokesman.

Futima Rivers, 28, Hicks' "alleged" girlfriend was charged with aggravated assault, said Butler. Hicks was charged with simple battery, robbery by sudden snatching and could be charged with interference with a 911 call, he added.

Hicks is in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The police plan to put him in custody when he is released from the hospital, Butler said. That means he will be taken to Dougherty County Jail.

"It was discovered that he (Hicks) has numerous previous outstanding warrants," Butler said.

Rivers was taken to jail, where she has no bond set, a county jail spokeswoman said.

According to Butler and police reports, the fight and arrest went down like this:

During an altercation, Rivers stabbed Hicks in the back. At first police considered if the stabbing was a defensive action by Rivers. They then charged her with aggravated assault.

Meanwhile, Hicks went on the run. He was found later in the morning in the vicinity of Seventh Avenue and Monroe Street. Hicks was taken to the hospital to undergo treatment for his stab wound.