A Brownwood man was stabbed Saturday night in an altercation involving numerous people, but police said the man who was stabbed and his two companions — not the man who did the stabbing — are the ones facing consequences.
Police believe the three individuals forced their way into a home in the 1700 block of Main Boulevard and assaulted a 28-year-old man, who stabbed Luke Hopkins in the abdomen after fearing for his life, a report by officer Fred Bastardo states.
Police will seek a warrant for the arrest of Hopkins, 26, who was taken to an undisclosed hospital.
He is in stable conidition, police said. The two other men who, police allege, participated in the assault were arrested on charges of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felony.
Bastardo’s report identified them as David Bishop, 28, and Nathan Goodman, 21. Bishop is free on $25,000 bond and Goodman remained jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond, Brown County Jail records state.
Jeanna Hopkins, 25, was charged with assault following an altercation between her and another woman in the home, Bastardo’s report states. She is free on $5,000 bond.
The man Bastardo and officer Chris Hill were dispatched to the north Brownwood neighborhood shortly before 11 p.m. on a report that several people were fighting in the road and that someone had been stabbed.
Officers arrived to a “chaotic scene” involving a large crowd of people, and some of them yelled “he’s been stabbed, he’s been stabbed,” Bastardo’s report states.
People pointed to a nearby car, and Bastardo found Hopkins in the back seat. Bastardo asked Hopkins if he was OK, and Hopkins replied “no, I’ve been stabbed.”
Police were told the suspect was inside a nearby home. Hill brought the man out, and he told police he was driving to his parents’ home when he encountered several people in the road who did not move out of he way.
People yelled and threw rocks at his vehicle as he approached, he was assaulted after he parked in his parents’ driveway and got out, he told police. As he went inside the home, three men pushed their way in through the front door and assaulted him, he told police.
The man grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Hopkins, Bastardo’s report states. The fight continued onto the front porch, where the man’s parents were assaulted, police were told. The man’s father told police three men had broken in as he and his wife tried to brace the door and assaulted their son.
Goodman and Bishop denied their involvement and told police they had just arrived, but they were identified as two of the people who had broken in, Bastardo’s report states.
The man who told police he stabbed Hopkins was not charged in connection with the stabbing, but was taken into custody on unrelated misdemeanor warrants.
Hopkins was sentenced to five years in prison in January 2008 after pleading guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity and assault against a public servant, jail records state. He was transpored to a state prison unit in February 2008.