Sussex Police issued a public appeal for help finding 18-year-old Jordan Ash who is suspected of stabbing another teenager in Brighton last night (Saturday 22 July).
The force said: “Police are searching for 18-year-old Jordan Ash, from Brighton, who is sought for interview about the stabbing of another 18-year-old in a Brighton fast food restaurant.
“Ash is described as white, 5ft 9in, of slim build, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.
“At 8.25pm on Saturday 22 July police were called to the KFC restaurant in London Road, Brighton, after a report of a stabbing.
“The victim had sustained a stab wound to the stomach and was transferred later the same night from the Royal Sussex County Hospital to King’s College Hospital in South London where he is currently in a serious but stable condition.
“A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a knife and a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis.
“Both are from Brighton and were arrested at the scene. They are currently in custody for interview and further inquiries in relation to the stabbing.
“Another 18-year-old man, from Portslade, sustained minor cuts and bruises during the incident. These are not believed to have been caused by the knife.
“Police are examining a knife to establish whether it was involved in the attack.”
Detective Inspector Andy Wolstenholme said: “We responded very quickly to this serious but isolated incident and we are working to establish the full circumstances of the attack but it appears that the victims were deliberately targeted rather than it being carried out at random.
“If you know where Jordan Ash is or see him, do not approach him but please contact the police via 999 quoting serial 1363 of 22/07.
“If you have any other information, saw what happened or have seen any mobile phone footage of the incident, please contact us online.
“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
“I cannot stress enough the serious repercussions of carrying a knife in public or using one on another person.
“Victims may lose their lives or face life-threatening injuries and offenders face long custodial sentences.
“There are no excuses for committing such offences and we will do everything possible to bring to justice those who do so.”