Barrett brothers

John Allan Barrett (left) and Wes Allen Barrett

A tip from the public led to Thursday night’s arrest of a man the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office was seeking in a stabbing on the Purgitsville Pike July 19.

As a bonus, his brother, a fugitive from drug court, was also taken into custody.

Wes Allen Barrett, 29, and John Allan Barrett, 30, were arrested without incident at a house near Springfield.

Wes Barrett left the residence where the stabbing occurred before deputies arrived. He was booked into Potomac Highlands Regional Jail at 11 p.m. Thursday on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.

John Barrett was being held at the regional jail, booked at the same time, on a capias warrant.

Authorities had put out a public call for help locating Wes Barrett late Wednesday night, a request that led to his arrest less than 24 hours later.

“We thank the community for the many tips received for this wanted person,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook statement.

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