Stabbing victim saved by alleged assailant's brother

Joshua Johnsa

Joshua Johnsa

AUBURN — A Buford man’s life may have been saved by the brother of his assailant.

Gwinnett County police responded to 5067 Columbus Court in Auburn Monday evening after multiple witnesses reported seeing the driver of a pickup truck being assaulted in the driveway. They arrived to a bloody scene.

According to an incident report, Joshua Cole Johnsa, 20, and 18-year-old driver Nathan Day were sitting in the truck when “an argument was sparked from unknown reasons.” Witnesses reported seeing Johnsa on top of the victim in the front seat, hitting him repeatedly with an unknown object. It’s believed that object was a knife.

Day screamed for help and Johnsa’s brother intervened after seeing what was happening, police said.

“Upon (his) arrival he saw his brother … lying on Mr. Day in the truck and blood all around him,” the report said. “He pulled his brother from the passenger side of the truck and put him on the ground. He also pulled Mr. Day from behind the steering (wheel) and attempted to apply pressure to Mr. Day’s various wounds.”

Day had “several lacerations to the face, upper left arm, chest and neck,” police said, and was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center. An update on his condition was not available Wednesday.

Johnsa, who reportedly did not cooperate with officers and refused to speak, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery. He’s being held without bond in the Gwinnett County jail.