Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A Brownsville teen has been arrested and faces a serious felony assault charge after a stabbing incident last night, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Local law enforcement said they responded to the 5000 block of Segal Road around midnight, Wednesday night, early Thursday morning to a report of domestic violence involving several individuals. Upon arrival, officers said witnesses and victims on scene told them the suspect was hiding in a nearby location. According to officers, one woman at the scene had what appeared to be multiple stab wounds and she reported the suspect had indeed assaulted her with a knife.
Deputies said they quickly located Brett Higgs, (19) of Brownsville, hiding in a nearby house and they reported he was holding a knife with blood on it. Deputies said that Higgs told them he had taken the synthetic drug "Flakka," also known as the "zombie drug," due to it's unpredictable effects of delirium, violent behavior, and paranoia.
Authorities also reported other family members on scene showed bite marks and other wounds allegedly caused by the suspect. Deputies said the unnamed stabbing victim refused medical treatment at the scene.
Higgs was arrested and charged with Assault first degree (domestic violence) and Assault 4th degree (domestic violence-minor injury). If found guilty, Higgs faces 10-20 years in prison on the first degree assault charge alone. Higgs was currently out of jail on bond from a previous felony robbery charge stemming from an incident at the Minit Mart on September 8, 2017.
Higgs was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail. No bond information was available at press time.
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