Sherman Police arrested a local man on an aggravated assault charge Wednesday evening in connection with last week’s stabbing at an area movie theater.


Sgt. Brett Mullen said the 40-year-old Sherman man was taken into custody shortly before 6 p.m. near his home in the 300 or 400 block of North Cleveland Avenue.


“Officers did a great job of carrying out the investigation, getting the guy identified and then ultimately made an arrest,” Mullen said.


The Sherman Police sergeant said the stabbing occurred last Friday shortly before 7:30 p.m. at the Cinemark movie theater complex in the Sherman Town Center. Mullen said a fight erupted inside a showing of “The First Purge,” an R-rated film about one night in which all crime is legalized on an island as a social experiment.


“It turns out the suspect had initiated a fight with another patron in the theater over a seating arrangement,” Mullen said. “In the fight that ensued, the suspect stabbed the victim.”


Mullen said the victim was stabbed once in the lower abdomen and sustained injuries that were not life threatening. While a Sherman Police officer was stationed at the theater at the time of the stabbing, Mullen said the suspect fled the theater before he could be taken into custody. Mullen said, initially, investigators had only a physical description of the suspect to work with, but were eventually able to identify the man.


The suspect was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — a second-degree felony which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.


“It just goes to show that if you commit a crime like this in Sherman, we’re going to catch you,” Mullen said.