By Will Johnson
CROCKETT – A Crockett man is in jail after an argument led to the stabbing of another man as he was trying to break up the altercation.
Nick Porch, 58, was taken into custody on Sunday, June 23 and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after an argument about the victim’s niece turned violent.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, officers with the Crockett Police Department were dispatched to the 100 block of Lewis Circle, at approximately 9:25 pm on the evening of June 23, in reference to someone being stabbed.
One officer made contact with the victim, observing he had been stabbed multiple times, while a second officer spoke with a witness to the incident.
The witness indicated “… she observed a verbal altercation between Nick Porch and another person and (the victim) was trying to break it up. She stated Porch then stabbed (the victim) multiple times.”
As Crockett Police Sergeant Andrew Allen provided medical attention to the victim, the affidavit reported he observed at least three stab wounds to the “… left upper side of (the victim’s) chest.”
The report also indicated as Allen tried to stop the bleeding, several other witnesses came forward to say Porch had stabbed the victim.
“(The victim) then stated to Sergeant Allen that Nick Porch had stabbed him. He stated that Porch was arguing with someone else about (the victim’s) niece when (the victim) attempted to break them up. (The victim) stated that when he got in between them, that’s when the stabbing occurred,” the affidavit stated.
Once EMS arrived at the location, the victim was placed in an ambulance and transported to an area hospital.
While the EMS transport was occurring, the officers received a radio dispatch indicating “… Porch’s wife had called the sheriff’s office stating that her husband had gotten into a fight with her nephew and that her husband had a knife and that he had cut her nephew,” according to the affidavit.
The police officers went to the address provided by Porch’s wife and detained the suspect where they “… recovered a green pocket knife from Porch’s front right pants pocket which still had blood on it. Porch was Mirandized but refused to make any statements to law enforcement.”
He was transported to the Houston County Jail where he was booked into custody on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony.
According to Section 12.33 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 20 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”
As of press time, Porch was still in custody and was being held on a $20,000 bond.
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