Janesville man arrested in stabbing

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Gazette staff
Thursday, December 14, 2017

JANESVILLE—A Janesville man has been arrested in a stabbing that injured another man Thursday afternoon on the city's east side, police reported.

According to a release, police arrested Justin G. Pennycook, 22, on suspicion he stabbed Dalton J. Rademacher, 19, in the abdomen and fled, then threw the knife into a creek in Janesville.

Police said they responded to a report of a stabbing at 12:23 p.m. Thursday and arrived at 607 Tudor Drive on the east side, where they found Rademacher in front of the residence with a stab wound in his abdomen.

It's not clear who lives at the residence linked to the stabbing.

Pennycook fled, police said, and apparently threw the knife used in the stabbing into Spring Brook Creek at Ruger Avenue and Greendale Drive, near a bridge.

Police recovered the knife from the creek.

Within five minutes of being called out, police located Pennycook in his vehicle on South Randall Avenue and arrested him, according to the release. Rademacher had identified Pennycook as the person who stabbed him, police said.

Rademacher was taken to Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center. His condition was not immediately available.

According to the release, Pennycook was arrested on suspicion of first-degree reckless injury with use of a weapon. He was being held Thursday at the Rock County Jail.

Police said the stabbing happened after a "domestic incident" earlier Thursday between Rademacher and a female who shares a child with Pennycook.

Police didn't give more details on the domestic incident or indicate why it would have led to a stabbing.

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