• Gastonia man accused of stabbing mother's boyfriend

    By: Ken Lemon


    GASTONIA, N.C. - A Gastonia man is in the hospital Wednesday, after police said his girlfriend's son stabbed him in the middle of a fast food restaurant.

    Steven Lynn told the judge what he did to his mother's boyfriend was wrong.

    "It was a stupid moment last night.  I shouldn't have done what I done," Lynn said.

    He said he blacked out and doesn't remember running into a Hardee’s and stabbing Curtis Brady in the chest with a pocket knife.

    Police said the restaurant was Brady’s last refuge.

     The incident stunned employees last night.  One of them frantically called 911.

    Caller:  "Oh my God, they, ya'll gonna have to hurry up he's like freaking. Oh my God."

    Caller: "Ma 'am, are you here?"

    Dispatcher: "Yes, I am"

    Caller: "I’m sorry.  I'm shaken."

    Police said Brady was dating Lynn’s mother. He didn't approve of the relationship.

    They argued at the home where all of them lived on Highway 321 South a few doors away from the Hardee’s.

    “It blows my mind ," said neighbor Jerry McAllister.

    McAllister heard the commotion.  He stepped outside and saw Lynn chasing his mother's boyfriend.

    "He looked like he was mad going up the street," McAllister said.

    Police said Brady did everything he could to avoid a confrontation.  He walked away twice.

    They said he thought he would be safe at the Hardee’s up the street.

    “Pretty much, he was just trying to stay away from him and not cause a lot of problems,” said Sgt. Jimmy Arndt at the Gastonia Police Department.

    Police said Brady went to the hospital in serious condition. They said he needed surgery Tuesday night, but he is expected to make a recovery.

    They arrested Lynn minutes after the stabbing.

    Investigators are working with employees at the Hardee’s to retrieve video from surveillance cameras in the dining room.  They are hoping it will give them a complete picture of what happened in the moments before the stabbing.

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