MOUNT VERNON — Charges of abduction, felonious assault and aggravated burglary were filed in a Nov. 27 stabbing incident.
The Knox County Grand Jury Monday charged Andrew C. Newcomb, 34, with three counts of felonious assault, second-degree felonies; aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; abduction, a third-degree felony; and assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.
The felonious assault and aggravated burglary charges carry violent offender specifications. If convicted on the charges, the specifications allow a judge to add between one and 10 years in prison, to be served on top of the sentence for the charge the specification is attached to.
According to Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville, Newcomb assaulted a 32-year-old Mount Vernon woman, then took her to a Shirley Avenue residence “at knife point.” McConville said Newcomb and the woman entered the residence, where a man and woman were inside. Newcomb stabbed the man and struck the other woman with a baseball bat.
McConville said Newcomb was struck by the 32-year-old woman in the head with the same baseball bat used to assault the other woman. Newcomb fled from the residence.
According to Mount Vernon Police reports, Newcomb had lacerations on both sides of his head, legs and arms when he was apprehended several days later. Newcomb told police he was set up, and “only stabbed the individuals out of self defense.”
Also indicted by the grand jury was Jenamae R. Lewis, 26, Fredericktown, on six counts of illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits, fifth-degree felonies that stem from a period between Aug. 12 and Sept. 17. The charges allege that Lewis collected her boyfriend’s benefits while the boyfriend was incarcerated, McConville said.
Also indicted by the Dec. 3 grand jury are:
Eric W. Jordan, 30, Mount Vernon, driving while intoxicated, a third-degree felony; criminal damaging, a second degree misdemeanor; resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor; driving under suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor; Travis L. Ratcliff, 38, Mount Vernon, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; Ronnie T. Nichols, 41, Mansfield, receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony; misuse of credit cards, a first-degree misdemeanor; Paul D. Rhodes, 35, Mount Vernon, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; William E. Folden, 19, Mount Vernon, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; Derek S. Weber, 37, Mount Vernon, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; David A. Ballard, 52, Mount Vernon, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; William N. Strouse, 49, no known address, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; and Chase R. Weaver, 29, Fredericktown, two counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a fourth-degree felony; failure to maintain reasonable control, a minor misdemeanor.