Area news: The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 2:50 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9 reporting an adult male was stabbed during a fight with another adult male outside a residence on Wis. 77 near Wheeler Road in the town of Hayward. The caller also reported the male victim fled the scene on foot.
Sawyer County Deputies responded. After arriving, deputies took the adult male suspect into custody.
The male suspect has been identified as Anthony J. Smart, 38.
The name of the male victim is not being released at this time.
Deputies conducted a search of the area around the residence in an attempt to locate the victim. Assisting with the search for the victim were Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wardens and city of Hayward Police Department officers. The Wisconsin State Patrol assisted in the search with an airplane. Sawyer County Search & Rescue also assisted with personnel and a K9search dog. The Sheriffs Office sent out a notice via the NIXLE Notification System asking for the public's assistance about the victim's possible whereabouts.
The sheriff's office received a citizen tip at about 6:55 p.m. that a male subject was seen walking on Wis. 77 near Airport Road. Deputies responded to that area and with the assistance of Sawyer County Search & Rescue and Sawyer County K9 Trace, the male victim was located hiding in a
swampy area off Airport Road.
The male victim was assessed at the scene by Sawyer County EMTs and was then transported to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital by Sawyer County Ambulance with an injury to his elbow.
This incident remains under investigation by the Sawyer County Sheriffs Office.