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Man stabbed outside jail in Fort Worth; suspect arrested

Star-Telegram/David Kent

A 25-year-old man was stabbed near the jail and courthouse in downtown Fort Worth on Thursday night.

Police said a dispute broke out among people on the second level breezeway at the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, 401 West Belknap St., and one person stabbed another with some kind of sharp-edged weapon.

The victim walked down the stairs and across the street to the jail lobby to get help, said Terry Grisham, spokesman for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

According to MedStar, the victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

The suspect, Billy Dowdy, 36, remained on the scene and was arrested, Grisham said. Dowdy remained in Tarrant County Jail on Friday, accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bail amount was set at $15,000.

At night, people sometimes “take haven” up on the breezeway, which is a kind of an elevated sidewalk with no access to the building, Grisham said.

Authorities were still investigating the assault.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST