William Keith Wagner

William Keith Wagner

William Keith Wagner, 21, of Crystal City has been charged with a felony for allegedly stabbing a man in the parking lot at the Panda Express restaurant, 612 S. Truman Blvd., in Festus. The incident happened about 1:15 a.m. Sept. 27, Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis reported.

The victim, a 51-year-old Festus man whose name was not released, was seriously injured and taken for treatment to Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City and then transferred to Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur for emergency surgery, Lewis said.

He said Festus Police were called to the Walgreens store, 519 S. Truman Blvd., for a report about the stabbing, and officers found the victim “bleeding profusely from a wound on his upper right arm” and took measures to slow his bleeding.

Lewis said the victim told officers the suspect stabbed him on the Panda Express parking lot, and then the victim ran across Truman Boulevard to the Walgreen’s parking lot, but the suspect followed him and “allegedly stabbed him in his inside upper right arm.”

Lewis said Wagner was arrested approximately 40 minutes after the assault.

Wagner was charged the same day with one count of first-degree assault, a class B felony that carries a sentence of five to 15 years in prison, and one count of armed criminal action, an unclassified felony that is punishable by a minimum of three years in prison, according to court records. He was being held Tuesday (Oct. 1) in the Jefferson County Jail on a $100,000 bond.