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Man facing charges after reported Great Falls stabbing

Posted at 1:46 PM, Apr 21, 2020

GREAT FALLS — A man who was arrested in connection with a stabbing on Sunday night in Great Falls is currently in jail on charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The victim is said to be in stable condition at Benefis hospital.

Court documents state that at around 8 p.m. on Sunday, a police officer responded to the area near 8th Avenue North and 15th Street for a report of two men fighting near the Kernaghan’s convenience store.

As officers were responding, dispatch received another call related to the disturbance where the caller reported a blonde man in a green jacket -- later identified as Thomas Paul Kennedy -- had left the scene with a large knife, and the other man involved was walking northbound and bleeding from his stomach.

Officers found Kennedy and conducted a pat search; Kennedy said he had the knife on him, but officers couldn't find it.

During the search, an officer found a broken syringe containing a clear liquid in his front pocket. Kennedy told the officers it was methamphetamine. The liquid in the syringe was consistent with methamphetamine.

Court documents state that Kennedy has criminal convictions in Wyoming, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon.

The investigation into the stabbing continues, and additional charges may be filed.