BALLINGER – A Ballinger man is in custody charged with the stabbing of his brother, police reported Monday.

BALLINGER – A Ballinger man is in custody charged with the stabbing of his brother, police reported Monday.

Joshua Horton, 27, was arrested Tuesday, July 18 in connection with the stabbing incident that occurred at a residence in the 700 block of Broad Street.

Police Chief Stan Maresch reported a call was received from officials at Ballinger Memorial Hospital that a stabbing victim was being treated there.

The victim, Zachary Horton, 25, reportedly suffered four serious stab wounds – two to the back of the neck, one in the back and one to the arm. He received stitches and was released that day, Maresch reported.

“He was extremely lucky,” Maresch said.

Once police arrived at the hospital, Zachary Horton told police that his brother had stabbed him and instructed them to go to his house because he was worried about his mother, Maresch reported.

Once at the home, police found the weapon and the blood splatter, which they reported concurred with the victim’s statement. Joshua Horton was arrested at the home.

He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony and remained in custody Monday in lieu of a $50,000 bond.