Athens man charged in stabbing


SMITH COUNTY - A New Jersey man has died after being stabbed early Saturday morning at a party in southeast Athens.

Athens Police Department received calls of a stabbing at residence in the 800 block of Tannehill Way around 3:30 a.m. When officers arrived on scene the stabbing victim, Mark Groendyk, 27, of New Jersey was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Athens by a personal vehicle.  

According to witnesses at the scene, Groendyk and several other people attending the party, believed that Jeremy Robert Lane, 25, of Athens, was possibly intoxicated and were trying to prevent him from driving away from the location.

Officers said witnesses said during the argument, Lane reportedly pulled a knife and stabbed Groendyk in the stomach. Witnesses said Lane then left the residence.

Groendyk was flown by air-ambulance to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler where he died a short time later as a result of his injuries.

During the investigation, Athens police detectives were able to positively identify Lane as the suspect. Detective Corporal James Bonnette obtained a warrant for Lane's arrest on the charge of murder.

Officers received information Lane might be near Flint.

Smith County Sheriff deputies and SWAT team located Lane's vehicle at a residence located at 18398 County Road 1100. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in Henderson Co. Jail.

A 2-year-old was removed from the residence unharmed and CPS was notified.

Lane's bond is set at a million dollars.




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