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Two men arrested in stabbing

WINDER - Police arrested two men Monday morning in connection with a Sunday night stabbing near Winder-Barrow Middle School.

James Pierre Giles, 19, of Lawrenceville is charged with aggravated battery and John David Baker, 21, of Statham is charged with party to the crime of aggravated battery. Both remain in the Winder jail awaiting a bond hearing.

Police continue to search for a third person involved.

Police had not released the name of the 30-year-old stabbing victim pending notification of his family.

The victim, a Winder resident, was stabbed in the arm, chest and back about 10:30 p.m. Sunday during an altercation near the intersection of Wood Avenue and King Street. The victim was dropped off at the front door of Barrow Regional Medical Center by someone driving a white vehicle, according to Winder Police Lt. Todd Druse. Hospital personnel called police at 11:46 p.m.

The victim underwent surgery Monday and, although his injuries were significant, is expected to recover, Druse said.

Acting on a tip, Winder police went to an apartment complex near the school about 5:30 a.m. Monday and located both Giles and Baker.

"They voluntarily came with officers to the police station and voluntarily cooperated with interviews," Druse said.

The men were arrested and charged about 9 a.m.

Winder police investigators continued to piece together evidence at press time.

The stabbing does not appear to be an act of random violence, Druse said. Investigators believe the four men knew each other.