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It happened at the Chevron on Main Street in Millbrook shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday. It happened at the Chevron on Main Street in Millbrook shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday.
(Source: Millbrook Police Department) (Source: Millbrook Police Department)
MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) -

Tension between two Millbrook men boiled over when they came face to face at a local convenience store. 

It happened at the Chevron at 3250 Main Street in Millbrook shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday. 

"The two individuals have been involved in an ongoing dispute and apparently, they crossed paths there at the convenience store and became involved in a verbal altercation which quickly turned physical," said Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson.

As the feud between the two men intensified, they exchanged blows and ended up on the ground outside. Police say they were told by witnesses that when the suspect, 22-year-old Curt Lucas Jr., started losing the fist fight, he pulled out a knife.  

The victim, 46-year-old Mose Abram, was stabbed multiple times in the back and face. He was still actively fighting with Lucas when officers arrived and pulled them apart and discovered Abram's stab wounds.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics from the Millbrook Fire Department and was later transported to Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery with life-threatening injuries. Officials said Friday he was listed in stable condition.  

Lucas was taken into custody at the scene for questioning and later charged with attempted murder. He is being held in the Elmore County Jail on $15,000 bond.

"... This could have very easily been a homicide case. The victim lost quite a bit of blood before the ambulance was able to get him to Baptist South. Fortunately for the victim the Millbrook Fire Department has very good paramedics on staff and they do an outstanding job. This situation could have been much worse," Chief Johnson added.

He says neither one of the men came out on top in their quarrel. 

"This is just another example of the senseless violence not only in our community but in the surrounding area," Chief Johnson said. "When are people going to learn that weapons and violence are not the answer to a problem? In this case, we've got one individual that suffered a potentially life-threatening injury. He's in the hospital. We've got another one charged with attempted murder. He's in jail. Who was the fight? The answer is nobody."

It was a violent week in Millbrook, the attempted murder coming on the heels of armed robberies at local businesses. 

On Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:15 PM, Millbrook police officers responded to a report of a robbery that occurred at Max Credit Union, located at 3441 Highway 14. The victim, a 19-year-old man, was making a withdrawal from the ATM when he was approached by a man with a gun who demanded money. After taking the victim's money, the suspect fled into a nearby wooded area. Responding officers were unable to locate him. 

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5'10, weighing approximately 175 pounds. He was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. 

A short time later, officers were called to the Hardee's at the intersection of Highway 14 and Deatsville Highway just after 4 a.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2014, for the report of a robbery.  

The clerk told officers that a man armed with a handgun fired a shot through a glass door and entered the restaurant near the drive through area. Hardee's was not open at the time and the doors were locked as employees prepared for breakfast. At gunpoint, the man, wearing a white surgical mask to cover half of his face, told workers to give him money and he left with an undetermined amount of cash, running out the back of the business.  

None of the workers were injured.

With the help of a canine tracking team from the Alabama Department of Corrections, officers tracked the suspect's path from Hardee's along Deatsville Highway and across the Pines golf course to the 400 block of Deatsville Highway near the Rolling Hills Apartment Complex, where the trail was lost.  

Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson says the gunman most likely got into a waiting car and drove off.  

The suspect was described as approximately 6'0 to 6'02 with a slender build. He was dressed in dark clothing, wearing what appeared to be a white surgical mask and gloves and was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

The robberies remain under investigation. Police do not believe they are related. 

"It makes you scared to really go anywhere. And me bring single, you don't want to be out after dark because you hear about all of this stuff going on and you get worried," said citizen Loretta Davis. 

"The violence, I could see Montgomery but Millbrook? Millbrook is the safest place you can be. And now all of this happens so that's just crazy. It's shocking. Stop the violence, stop the crimes," added Millbrook resident Cody Graham. 

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