NITRO, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — On Ninth Street in Nitro, neighbors are shaken up after two of their own were stabbed Friday night in what police are calling a 'vicious' attack.
"It was a pretty horrible scene," said Kevin Shingleton, who was at the home he shares with his girlfriend, Kayla Lester, when her ex-boyfriend Jeremy Triplett showed up.
"He had come there, saying he wanted to give her some baby clothes," Shingleton said.
The father of Lester's unborn child, Triplett then started kicking in the door.
"We could barely hold the door shut to keep him out. If there was another kick or two, he'd have been in the house,” Shingleton said.
Two neighbors, Danny Terry and Zach Chandler, heard the commotion outside.
"Zach, the younger boy, was trying to get him to leave, and they started fist fighting. Danny went to go help us out, Jeremy pulled out the knife and started stabbing Danny in the back,” Shingleton said.
Nitro police said Terry was stabbed four times with a four-inch hunting knife and chandler suffered a "severe" laceration to his arm
"I think he might have even gotten him twice,” Shingleton said.
Police arrested Triplett and charged him with two counts of malicious wounding. Shingleton said this isn't the first time Triplett attacked Lester, or that her neighbors have come to her rescue.
"He had hit her, knocked her down, her head went back and hit the blacktop,” Shingleton said. “Danny had helped us before. Jeremy had come there and wouldn't leave, so Danny came and ran him off."
Terry and Chandler were both taken to Charleston Area Medical Center - Good Samaritans now fighting for their lives.
"They are our heroes. It could have gone a lot different. That could be me and her right now,” Shingleton said.