Detroit boy, 13, allegedly stabbed in fight at store

Mark Hicks and George Hunter
The Detroit News

Two teens have been arrested for allegedly stabbing a 13-year-old boy after an argument outside an east-side store.

The boy, Chris Lofton, went with his younger brother, 11-year-old Arthur, to the store near Jefferson and Harding at about 7:30 p.m. to buy snacks, said their father, Arthur Lathan. They were outside the store when four people approached them, the father said.

One teen in the group asked Arthur if he “had a problem” and started scuffling with him, leaving a scratch, Lathan said.

Chris told his father he immediately intervened but when gaining the upper hand, another person in the group — a woman — shouted: “Get off my brother!”

“She grabbed my son and held my son long enough for the guy to pull out a shank or an ice pick and he stabbed my son twice” through his coat and clothes, Lathan said.

The youth said the group of four fled the scene in a black Ford Taurus but crashed nearby.

Chris was rushed to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. He was released by 11 p.m. but is in “a lot of pain,” his father said.

Within hours, Detroit police arrested two teens allegedly involved in the incident, Sgt. Michael Woody said.

“It was an argument that escalated, and one of the older teens stabbed the younger kid,” Woody said, adding that the injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Lathan said the confrontation was confounding since his son hasn’t faced trouble at the store before and simply “goes to school, goes to the store and stays in the house.”

“He’s not out running in the streets,” Lathan said. “He stays in the house and looks after his mother and looks after his brother.”

Lathan had a message for those he believed were involved in the incident.

“These young men and these young ladies out here need to do something constructive instead of trying to start trouble and hurt people,” he said. “The city is going to keep going down as long as everybody is against each other.”