Stabbing turns out to be domestic squabble

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept 5, 2007 - What was reported Aug. 26 as a roadside robbery and stabbing has been determined to be an alcohol-related assault between a man and wife following an in-depth investigation.

�We want residents of the Dike area to be able to rest easier on the knowledge there is no robbery suspect out there,� Andy Chester, chief investigator for Hopkins County Sheriff�s Office, said Wednesday morning. �We found no evidence to support a robbery or an assault outside the residence.�

The victim told sheriff’s Cpl. Brad Horton and Deputy Tanner Crump that a Hispanic male had attempted to rob him on the side of the road early in the morning on Aug. 26.

Officers were called to the residence on FM 69 north of Dike between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. that morning when the man’s wife called to report a stabbing. Deputies and emergency responders discovered the man on the bathroom floor where he “almost bled to death.” The man was taken to the hospital for a stab wound in his lower torso.

The deputies contacted Chester, who along with HCSO Chief Deputy Rickey Morgan, also responded at the location. The officers searched the road where the robbery had reportedly occurred, finding no evidence of a scuffle. They also searched outside the house, again finding no evidence. Chester went back the next day to again search the road further, still finding nothing.

Inside the house, however, they found evidence of a disturbance. After furtherr investigation, the officers learned that the victim and his wife, who had been drinking alcohol, were involved in an argument which escalated to the point that the woman stabbed him.

�The patient said it was possibly an accidental stabbing,� Chester said. �It doesn�t look like an accident.�

Chester said the state is filing aggravated assault report, but the man has chosen not to pursue charges.

�I believe he was probably just trying to protect his wife,� Chester said. �Only after a few days when we confronted him with it did he admit to what happened.�

The man’s wife has a history of family violence in Hopkins County dating back to the later 1990s, although there had been no reports for several years, the investigator said. 

The stabbing is believed to have occurred about 1 a.m. Aug. 26. Later in the morning, the woman apparently offered her husband assistance for his injury, but he refused her help. When she checked him again between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., he was on the bathroom floor in serious need of medical attention. She contacted emergency dispatchers.

Chester said the woman was apparently intoxicated at the time of the stabbing.

�The state she was in, we�re not sure the suspect even was aware she had injured him,� Chester said.

The victim remained in intensive care at the hospital for several days, but has since been released. He and his wife are “working out there problems” for which they have sought professional help, Chester reports.

The woman’s name was not released as no arrest has been made in the case.

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