Former Basketball Star Stabbed

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An 18-year-old man was being held on charges of stabbing a Western Michigan University basketball player in the neck with a steak knife, police said.

Jeremy S. File, 20, a former all-state basketball player from Hanover-Horton High School, was expected to be released Tuesday from Foote Hospital in Jackson.

“The injury to the victim is not life threatening, but was within centimeters of hitting the carotid artery,'' Sgt. Jon Johnston of the Blackman Township Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

File was stabbed shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the basketball court at the Rando Activity Center. The suspect, an 18-year-old from the U.S. Virgin Islands, fled before officers arrived but was arrested soon afterward, Johnston said.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, is in the Jackson County Jail awaiting arraignment on charges of assault with intent to commit murder.

The 18-year-old told investigators that the two men were involved in a verbal confrontation several weeks ago.