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A man who lived with the suspect was injured but has been released from the hospital, authorities say.

Aaron PlatasA man was injured in a stabbing in the Gaston area on Saturday, Nov. 2, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office said it responded to the 400 block of Church Street in Gaston, where the attack was reported, on Saturday morning before 10 a.m. The victim, a 60-year-old man, was hospitalized but has since been released, Detective Mark Povolny said Saturday evening, at about 5:40 p.m.

Aaron Platas, 30, was arrested in Cornelius Saturday night. He was identified by the Sheriff's Office as the suspect in the stabbing.

Platas and the man he alleged stabbed are both adults who live in the same household, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"Although Mr. Platas and the victim are not related, they have known each other for many years," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement released Saturday evening.

"This was not a random stabbing," Povolny said.

The motives in the stabbing aren't yet clear.

Sheriff's deputies searched the Church Street home where the stabbing was reported, but investigators believe Platas fled before they arrived on scene.

Platas will be booked into jail and is expected to face charges, the Sheriff's Office said.

Platas has a criminal record in Washington County dating back to 2008, court records indicate. Most of his convictions have been for misdemeanor offenses, such as driving under the influence of intoxicants and driving while suspended, although he was convicted of escape, a felony, in 2016.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with more information from the Washington County Sheriff's Office as of 8:10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, including to note the suspect's name and his arrest Saturday night.

By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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