MINERAL SPRINGS, N.C. -- A Union County man is hospitalized with life threatening injuries following an attack by an unknown assailant outside of a gas station.
Deputies with the Union County Sheriff's Office responded to the Marathon gas station in the 5900 block of Waxhaw Highway right at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
When officers arrived on the scene, an 18-year-old male victim was receiving treatment by medical personnel for multiple stab wounds.
The victim reported that he was attacked outside the store, by a man who was unknown to him, and stabbed repeatedly.
Witnesses said the man fled southbound on Potter's Road, and were able to provide law enforcement with a description of the suspect and the suspect vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, a vehicle matching the description given at the crime scene was located, parked at a residence in the 4700 block of Crow Road.
Matthew Daniel Gatewood, 29, was determined to be the suspect in the stabbing. Gatewood was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury.
Gatewood was booked in to the Union County Jail under a $150,000 bond.
The Sheriff's Office says Gatewood is currently under supervised probation for "another unprovoked attack and stabbing" of a stranger at the WalMart in Wadesboro in 2010.
The motive for the attack is unclear, officials say.
The victim, who has not been identified, remains hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center.