Police: Man’s throat cut in fight at Father’s Day event

Rodney Moore
An undated image of Rodney Moore. (Three Rivers Police Department)

THREE RIVERS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 28-year-old man is charged with attempted murder for allegedly slitting a man’s throat during a Father’s Day barbecue in Three Rivers.

Officers were called to the 1000 block of South Constantine Street around 5:48 a.m. Monday. However the suspect, 28-year-old Rodney Gene Moore, had already left the scene in his vehicle.

Police say the preliminary investigation indicated Moore and 23-year-old Derrick Robert Coley of Three Rivers were at a Father’s Day barbecue when the men got into an argument over Moore’s cousin.

Three Rivers
Crime tape surrounds a Three Rivers home as authorities investigate an alleged murder attempt. (Pat Holtz/ReportIt)

Investigators say Coley turned to walk away when Moore grabbed him from behind and cut his throat.

Coley was taken in a private vehicle to Three Rivers Area Hospital with a 13-inch cut to his neck. He has since been treated and released from the hospital.

St. Joseph County Sheriff deputies arrested Moore shortly after the incident during a traffic stop. He remains in the St. Joseph County jail on an attempted murder charge. A judge set Moore’s bond at $500,000.

Police had previously said Coley was 33 years old, but later Wednesday morning said he was 23.