A Grand Ridge man who first came to the attention of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office last December, because of his stabbing injuries, wound up charged with several crimes two months after his hospital stay.
The agency reports in a press release that Royce Allen Alday was at Jackson Hospital the emergency room on Dec. 26, 2020, for injuries he received in an attack.
When officers arrived, the release said, Alday identified a pile of bloody clothes in the emergency room floor as the ones he was wearing when he was attacked.
The clothes were collected as evidence related to the stabbing, officials said.
“While cataloging and packaging the clothing, certain personal items were found, linking Alday as the owner of the clothing, along with a small plastic baggie containing a white crystallized substance that was found in the pants pocket and several rounds of ammunition,” the release states. “The substance field tested positive for methamphetamines with a total weight of 2.5 grams. Due to the severity of Alday’s injuries, a criminal complaint was forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for a warrant, which was issued on February 9th, 2021,” it continues.
“On February 26th, 2021, a deputy with the Uniform Patrol Division of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a probable cause traffic stop on Ford truck driven by Alday for the violation of improper use of off-road lighting,” the release advises. “A check of the tag that was attached to the truck indicated that it was registered to and should have been displayed on a trailer. A local warrant check also revealed the warrant on Mr. Alday for possession of methamphetamines and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. After being placed under arrest, he was transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility. A more thorough search of his person at the jail revealed a small package of suspected methamphetamines, which field tested positive as such. Alday was held for first appearance,” the narrative concluded.