Suspect in Custody, After Beatrice Knife Assault

Suspect in Custody, After Beatrice Knife Assault
Brandon Hatfield

BEATRICE –  A suspect is in custody after a Beatrice man was stabbed in the eye, early last Thursday morning.

Beatrice Police arrested 21-year-old Brandon Hatfield, of 919 Ames Street in Beatrice, on suspicion of 2nd-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

The injured man, identified as Dennis Lyons, was taken to Beatrice Community Hospital with a stab wound in his eye.  He was treated and released.  Beatrice Police Chief Bruce Lang says Lyons was stabbed in the corner of his left eye.

Officers were summoned to the 14-hundred block of Carlyle Street for the reported assault.  When police got there, Lyons was bleeding from his eye and had blood on his shirt.   He told officers he had been sleeping, when he was awakened by his son’s probation monitor, indicating he was leaving the property.

Lyons told police he went to the front door and saw several people consuming alcohol in his yard.  Several people left the scene, but Lyons says he was approached by Hatfield.  Lyons then told him to leave and that he was calling the police.

Lyons says the man reached into his front pocket, pulled out what appeared to be a knife, raised his arm and came at Lyons, allegedly stabbing him.  The victim said his attacker then left the scene in a white-colored vehicle.

Police said at about 10:30 a.m., November 10th, Hatfield came to police headquarters, where he was questioned.  He admitted to being at the property, but denied an altercation had taken place and denied having possession of a knife.

Hatfield was arrested by police.  He made a Gage County Court appearance Monday morning and his appearance bond was set at $250,000.   His next court appearance is scheduled for December 5th.

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