Knife Fight Stops Traffic Outside Family Dollar On Market Street

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
Arthur Ballanger
Arthur Ballanger

Police were called to Market Street late Monday afternoon after an altercation between two men actually stopped traffic right outside the Family Dollar.

According to police, the suspect, 61-year-old Arthur Ballanger, fled the scene in a CARTA bus. Police found him when he exited the bus near 11th Street. 

Police said Ballanger admitted to everything. He said a man named Fernandos Hughley, 55, had been harassing him.

Ballanger said Hughley had also come to his place of work and would not leave him alone. This led to their most recent dispute, where Ballanger admitted to police that he pulled out a knife and cut Hughley.


Hughley told police their altercation occurred outside the Family Dollar. He said Ballanger became enraged and swung a knife at him, cutting him lightly across the face.

An employee from the Family Dollar said Hughley appeared to be unarmed. He also said he watched Ballanger chase Hughley into the street, which stopped traffic. 

Ballanger was charged with aggravated assault.

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