WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Officers with the Wilmington Police Department are searching for two brothers who are wanted in connection to a stabbing that happened Wednesday afternoon at 12th and Chestnut Streets.
Adrian Point, 22, and Antonio Point, 21, are wanted for attempted first degree murder.
Police arrested their younger brother William Point, 19, Wednesday in connection to the stabbing. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and attempted first degree murder of 24-year-old Edvis Galloway.
During his first court appearance a judge told William Point, a validated gang member, that he could face life without parole for the attempted murder charge and close to five years for the assault with a deadly weapon charge.
Point defended his innocence and told the judge this is a case of mistaken identity, but the judge moved forward and increased Point's bond to $1 million. His next court date is April 3.
A woman flagged down a fire truck Wednesday afternoon to help Galloway, who had been stabbed multiple times, including in the chest and jaw.
Officials said Galloway was bleeding heavily and taken to the hospital, but his condition is unknown.
Witnesses told police Galloway was heading into the Freedom House Mini Market when he was approached by several men and stabbed.
Investigators said the stabbing happened in the same location Joshua Gore, who is in a rival gang of the stabbing victim, was shot Tuesday.
William Point spoke out about his arrest from jail Thursday, claiming he's innocent and was at the barbershop playing pool during the stabbing. He says police arrested him because his probation ankle bracelet said he was in the area.
William Point explained he had seen Gore before, but claimed they are not close friends. Furthermore, he's not sure why his brothers are wanted in this investigation.
William Point was involved in a shooting in February near the 500 block of Taylor Street.
At that time he told authorities he was jumped as he was leaving a business and people were shooting at him. Later that same day, his brother Joseph Point was shot and taken to the hospital.
WILLIAM POINT SPEAKS
In an on-camera interview, William Point told our reporter he was innocent of all charges.
"I want to stay out of trouble. Get back free. Prove to people that I'm innocent," Point stated.
The suspect said he was playing pool at a barbershop up the road at the time of the stabbing incident. He explained that officers took him into custody after his probation bracelet showed he was in the area of the stabbing.
"Just because I didn't tell them what happened, I got accused," Point said.
The suspect claims that his probation bracelet will prove he was not at the exact scene of the crime. He said he's not happy that he is being blamed for the recent acts of violence.
"I'm trying to do right and I still get labeled and accused of something I didn't do. That made me feel bad."
Point said that law enforcement hasn't done a good job of curbing law crime in the Port City.
"Police ain't doing nothing. Three of my brothers have been shot in the last 11 months and the police haven't done nothing about it," Point explained.
He claims he and his brothers aren't a gang, but they have been targeted by gangs.
"Gang members antagonize us and target us for some type of reason," said Point.
He thinks he's innocent and hopes law enforcement will
"I don't know too much about this," Point said. "I think I'm going to be alright."
WHAT THE WARRANTS SAY
According to search and arrest warrants, awitness saw stabbing victim Edvis Galloway outside of a corner store at 12thand Chestnut Streets on Wednesday.
The documents state the witnesssaw three men approach Galloway. The witness believed that all three menwere brothers of the Point family. According to the report, Galloway tried toflee the scene, but was attacked by the brothers.
The warrants state that WilliamPoint's GPS probation bracelet links him to the crime scene, and allowedinvestigators to trace his path.
The warrants state that during the last year there have beennumerous calls to the Point family home at 609 N. 10th Street forgang related activities, drug activity, assaults, shootings, and even ahomicide.