Three people were taken to the hospital as a result of a Sunday robbery law enforcement officer said left a bloody scene.
Two victims were stabbed, one critically, and the alleged assailant sustained injuries in what investigators describe as an armed robbery, burglary and aggravated battery case, the motive of which is unclear.
Witnesses told detectives 48-year-old Herbert Eberhardt Drews whose address is listed as a room of , entered the Cartersville home near a Highway 41 flea market and business shortly before 10 p.m., stabbed a 70-year-old man and took an undetermined amount of cash.
On his way out of the house, Drews is accused of attacking and stabbing a 41-year-old Cartersville man who had been sleeping on the porch. The two fought until officers responded, according to that victim, who had Drews subdued when deputies arrived.
Both men were injured, although doctors could not determine if Drews' injuries resulted from a knife. He would not answer questions about the incident.
The younger victim is believed to have sustained a stab wound to the upper chest along with several cuts, while the older man was taken to Floyd Medical Center in critical condition due to what appeared to be lacerations to his back, shoulders and face.
Drews and the younger man were treated at and released from .
While one witness said Drews stole money and gave it to a Hispanic man, it's unclear what led to the violence. Deputies questioned a Hispanic man on the scene, but did not release his name.
Authorities found in a trash can the knife they say was used in the assault.
Drews was taken to the and charged with armed robbery, burglary and two counts of aggravated battery.