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Raleigh teen stabbed in eye during fight

Raleigh police say that a 31-year-old Durham man stabbed a Raleigh teen, who was wielding a baseball against him during a fight Friday evening.

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Phillip Hargrove - mug shot 11/28/08 - Raleigh teen stabbed in eye
RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh police arrested a 31-year-old man for allegedly fighting with and stabbing a 17-year-old in the eye Friday evening.

Investigators said that Kevin Soto, 17, and Phillip Hargrove, 31, of Durham, got into a fight at 1620 Curthay Court, near Rock Quarry Road and Interstate 540, around 8:20 p.m.

Soto used a baseball bat, and Hargrove used a knife and stabbed the teen in the eye, officers said. Soto remained in a local hospital Saturday morning.

Police did not immediately say what caused the fight.

Hargrove was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor assault. He was being held at the Wake County Jail Saturday morning.

Once Soto is released from the hospital, police plan to charge him with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

Hargrove was released last Saturday from the Neuse Correctional Institute after serving two months for convictions of assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female in Durham County, according to state Department of Correction records.

Since 2004, he has been convicted assault on a female two additional times, as well as assault inflicting injury. He received probation and suspended sentence for those convictions.

Hargrove's criminal record dates to 1993 in Durham, Wake and Granville counties.

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