A stabbing, vehicular assault and an attempted break in keep deputies busy

Published 5:11 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Multiple incidents have required the attention of Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department deputies.

According to a release from the department a stabbing involving the kidnapping of three individuals, assault with a motor vehicle and attempted robberies all occurred within the past week.

An incident at about 5 p.m. last Wednesday involved a call concerning a stabbing, a release from the Sheriff’s Department states.

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Apparently the suspect, Christopher Hargett, 21 of 610 Jarrell St., and his girlfriend were involved in an argument earlier that day. Hargett’s girlfriend then left with a cousin to visit a neighbor in Allison Trailer Park, the release states. Hargett followed them to the neighbor’s and allegedly tried to assault his girlfriend with a knife when the neighbor tried to intervene, the release states. The neighbor was stabbed three times, once in the shoulder, once in the back of the head and once in the side, the release states.

For the next hour Hargett held all three hostage as the stabbed victim lie on the floor bleeding until the hostages talked Hargett into releasing them so they could seek medical attention for the wounded neighbor, Russell said. Hargett was picked up some time later and charged with aggravated assault and three counts of kidnapping, the release states. The unidentified victim is listed as stable.

Three days later in a separate incident, at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, deputies received a call concerning a domestic dispute at 232 Bilbo Holston Rd., the release states.

When the deputies arrived, they noticed damage to the house including a vehicle-sized imprint, the release states. Deputies were advised that Johnny Baker, 36 of 255 Stone Hollow Trace, Carriere, attempted to run over his ex-wife, the release states. Deputies located Baker at his home and charged him with aggravated assault domestic violence, the release states.

In another separate incident in the North Hill Subdivision, at about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday deputies responded to a call concerning a breaking and entering, Chief Deputy Aaron Russell said.

The resident of the North Hill home being broken into heard a noise outside and upon investigation, the resident found a white male outside the back door attempting to break in, Russell said. The resident yelled for the burglar to go away, which was ignored by the burglar, Russell said. The victim then called 911 and hid in a bathroom until deputies arrived.

When deputies pulled up at the residence, they noticed a vehicle pulled onto the property facing outwards and found the burglar, later identified as Steven Kerry, 32, of 17 Kerry Lane, Carriere, still attempting to break in, Russell said. Kerry was charged with attempted residential burglary.