A suspect is in custody in a stabbing incident sent one man to the hospital for surgery and caused police to tie up a neighborhood for several hours on Thursday.

A suspect is in custody in a stabbing incident sent one man to the hospital for surgery and caused police to tie up a neighborhood for several hours on Thursday.

Carthage police announced on Friday that James E. Hooper, 27, had been arrested in Cassville at about 10:14 a.m. on Friday and was being held on Friday in the Barry County Jail.

Carthage Police Lt. Jeff Steffen said Hooper was the lone suspect in the stabbing at 6:12 a.m. on Thursday of Marlon Cifuentes De Leon, 34, at the intersection of Second and Lincoln Streets in Carthage.

Steffen said another potential suspect came in to talk to police late Thursday but he turned out to be a witness and not involved in the stabbing itself.

On Friday, Steffen said police were still trying to piece together the details of exactly what happened at that intersection.

Blood stains on Lincoln Street tell part of the story, but exactly what those stains mean is still a mystery, Steffen said.

“We're still trying to piece together exactly what happened,” Steffen said. “An officer will head to Cassville later today to talk to Hooper.”

Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan said officers were able to get part of the story from the victim late Thursday in the hospital, but he couldn't release any details at that time.

Police said De Leon had to have surgery on his right arm to treat the injury and he was in recovery in stable condition at Mercy Joplin Hospital as of Friday morning.

Early in the incident, police cordoned off Lincoln Street between the crime scene just a few feet north of Second Street to Third Street.

The street was cordoned off to preserve the crime scene.

Police used loud speakers and pounded on the door of a small upstairs apartment of a brown and white building behind the home at 207 S. Clinton St. for several minutes Thursday morning before learning the resident wasn't home.

Police also checked for evidence related to this incident briefly at the muffler shop at Garrison and Central Thursday morning.

Steffen said Hooper will likely remain in custody in Barry County to face charges there before being brought to Jasper County, if charges are filed in Jasper County.

According online court records, Hooper is currently on probation after pleading guilty in 2016 to second degree burglary and possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, both felonies, in September 2016.

A motion for a probation violation was filed in Barry County Circuit Court in March 2017 after Hooper was arrested in Carthage and charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon and felony unlawful possession of a firearm.

Hooper was scheduled to appear before Jasper County Circuit Judge Dean Dankelson on Oct. 23 for what was described in court records on a hearing to hear pretrial motions or a change of plea.