Argument over gas money leads to stabbing, Baton Rouge police say _lowres

Jeffery Upkins, 35

An argument over gas money sparked a knife fight in which a male victim was stabbed several times and his lung was possibly punctured, according to police.

Jeffery Allen Upkins, 35, was arrested Tuesday on a count of aggravated second-degree battery in the stabbing at 4055 North 38th St., on May 17 at 3:50 p.m., according to a Baton Rouge police report.

Upkins and the male victim were sitting in a vehicle when they began fighting over money, and Upkins pulled out a pocket knife that had been tucked in his clothing, the report says. Afraid that he would be stabbed, the victim punched Upkins in the face, but Upkins responded by driving his blade several times into the victim’s back, left side and leg, according to the document.

The victim suffered two puncture wounds and several lacerations on the left side of his back, a stab wound to his side near his rib cage and another knife wound on his leg, the report says. Doctors who examined the victim told authorities his right hand was fractured and one of his lungs may have been perforated, according to the document.

The attack only stopped after the victim pinned Upkins to the inside of the driver’s side door and a witness, who saw the incident, pulled Upkins out of the automobile, the report says.

Upkins, of 4724 Lemonwood Drive, also called police to his residence on the day of the attack, complaining he’d been cut, the report says.

He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and was assigned a bail of $20,000, according to jail records.