Man charged after assault while holding sword

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Victim choked out during incident in Purdy

A Purdy man has been charged with two felonies following an alleged domestic assault in which he was holding a four-foot sword.

Mathew Hickman, 28, of Purdy, is charged with second-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action.

According to a probable cause report filed by Taylor Lombard, a deputy with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, the incident took place at a home on Farm Road 2092 in Purdy on Feb. 4.

Hickman allegedly armed himself with a four-foot sword during a verbal argument with the victim. The victim defended himself by tackling Hickman, and from a pinned position, Hickman strangled the victim to the point the victim passed out.

The victim said when he came to, Hickman was on top of him with his hand around his throat. during a formal interview, Hickman allegedly admitted to shoving and choking the victim. A witness allegedly observed the incident.

Hickman is being held in the Barry County jail on a $40,000, cash-only bond. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke. A motion for bond reduction has also been filed.

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