FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg man is behind bars and facing a $75,000 bond in connection to a stabbing last week in Forrest County.
Ricardo Pimentel, 20, was arrested Saturday night and charged with aggravated assault in the stabbing that on Lakeshore Drive last Thursday.
Pimentel made his initial appearance today where he pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemeanor driver's license charges, and had a $75,000 bond set on the aggravated assault charge.
According to court documents, Pimentel allegedly stabbed the victim, 23 times from his abdomen to his head during the incident.
Pimentel, who claimed he was not a resident citizen during his court appearance, was informed of his hold from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
When he was asked if he had anything to say, he replied.
"I had never talked to him (the victim), the lady that stays there with him had messaged me on Facebook and told me his name," said Pimentel.
The victim remains hospitalized at Forrest General Hospital.
Forrest County Sheriff's Department Investigator Nick Calico said the department is still working the investigation and is still looking for two unidentified black males that were allegedly involved.
Contact the Forrest County Sheriff Department at 601-544-7800 or Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.
Around 12:30 Thursday, Forrest County Deputies responded to the scene of a stabbing at a trailer park off Lakeshore Drive.
"When deputies got on scene they found a Hispanic male victim suffering from appeared to be multiple stab wounds," said Forrest County Sheriff Department Investigator Nick Calico.
The victim was taken from the scene by ambulance to Forrest General Hospital, where he is being treated for multiple stab wounds to the upper torso.
Shortly after deputies arrived, witnesses said there were three black males that ran from the home and jumped a fence into a wooded area.
Forrest County Deputies called for assistance and a K9 unit from the Lamar County Sheriff's Department, who took to the woods immediately.
Officers searched the woods across Glendale Avenue and made their way back to a lake, however lost a scent trail in the process.
Seven on your side at the time interviewed Pimentel, who claimed to be a witness to the crime.
Pimentel claimed his day was interrupted by the commotion outside.
"I was inside watching Charlotte's Web and I heard dogs barking roof, roof everywhere," said Ricardo Pimentel. "There was screaming help, help and that's when I went back in the house, got the phone and I dialed 911."
Pimentel said he didn't get to close to the scene because of what he saw.
"He opened the door and he was covered in blood so I just had to...it was chills everywhere," said Pimentel.
Pimentel said he helped one of the officers translate.
"I went up in there, and he said it was three black males and they just attacked him," said Pimentel.
According to Calico, investigators have not had a chance to speak with the victim, due to him being treated for his injuries.
"Right now, we don't really know if we have one or three suspects, witnesses are saying three, but we won't really know until we can interview the victim and connect the dots," said Calico.
Calico said the motive of the stabbing is unclear, whether it's a robbery attempt, or something else, they will not know until more information is gathered.
"Forrest County residents should be aware of their surroundings and be alert, if you see something suspicious or out of the ordinary, or know something about the crime, please give us a call," said Calico.