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FLW announces name of sergeant accused of stabbing mess hall worker
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (July 31, 2009) — Military authorities have identified the soldier accused of stabbing a dining hall worker Thursday morning and then fleeing the scene.

In a statement issued late Friday afternoon, Fort Leonard Wood spokesmen announced that Sgt. 1st Class Louis Sutton, a member of the 5th Engineer Battalion, has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in connection with the stabbing.

Early reports from off-post sources gave a wrong rank for Sutton.

The incident remains under investigation, post officials said, but Sutton is accused of entering a post dining facility and stabbing a civilian employee in the neck with a knife about 8:40 a.m. Thursday. He fled the dining hall and military police alerted civilian authorities to his name, vehicle and physical description, but he turned himself in at the East Gate of the post about 9:20 a.m. and was taken into custody by military police.

No motive for the stabbing has yet been released by post officials; Sutton will remain in custody at Fort Leonard Wood pending preliminary hearings.

The 5th Engineer Battalion returned just a few weeks ago from a year of service in Iraq.

The name of the civilian dining hall employee has not been released by military authorities. That is also standard practice for most local civilian law enforcement agencies which do not publicly name the victim of a crime in most cases. Post officials said the victim was transported to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital where he remains in stable condition with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

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