A Salem man had a warrant issued for his arrest Thursday in connection to allegedly stabbing a victim found the previous day bleeding on Dent County Road 2400, according to documents filed in circuit court.

Brian L. Weber, 39, is charged with felony counts of first-degree assault resulting in serious injuries and armed criminal action. His bond was set at $500,000.

Law enforcement responded Wednesday to a report of a man walking down County Road 2400 while bleeding profusely from the leg, according to the case’s probable cause report. Upon arrival, the victim was located and taken to Salem Memorial District Hospital for emergency treatment. His wound was determined to be six to eight inches long extending from the upper knee to the mid-calf.

The victim told investigators that Weber and another individual drove him to a County Road 2400 location, beat him up and stabbed him during the altercation.

During a following interview, Weber’s alleged accomplice admitted to driving the victim out of town with Weber to scare him into giving up $200. The alleged accomplice claimed Weber struck the victim and knocked him to the ground.  The alleged accomplice continued he and Weber left upon finding the victim had no money, and while driving back to Salem, claimed Weber said he’d scrapped a knife across the victim’s knee. 

During his interview, Weber admitted to striking the victim and seeking $200, but denied cutting the victim with a knife.