A 57-year-old man walking north on 2nd Street NW in Linton Tuesday evening with blood on his hands and shirt, bleeding from his forehead, was arrested by Linton police officers.
The reason he was bleeding was because he had been hit over the head with his Crown Royal whiskey bottle after he allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed another man.
Larry Joseph Padgett of Linton was booked into the Greene County Jail on a preliminary charge of battery with a deadly weapon, a class C felony.
Police received a call around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday about a man who appeared to have been battered walking in the area of 2nd and L streets NW.
LPD Cpl. Chad Crynes, assisted by Officer Jason Wilson, located the man, Padgett, and determined he had been in an altercation in a residence close by. Padgett reportedly told officers he had been "sucker punched" but then said he did not know what happened. Officers believed he was intoxicated and Padgett was transported to Greene County General Hospital for treatment.
Officers went to speak with people in the residence on L St. NW and saw blood in the driveway and on the steps and porch. One resident, Jason Cooper, said Padgett had stabbed him in the hand and officers observed a cut to the palm area of his left hand.
According to the police reports, Cooper and Amy Workman said Padgett lived in the residence with them.
Cooper said Padgett had been drinking Crown Royal whiskey, came out of his bedroom and was upset because he was "coming off" pills and did not have any more.
Cooper said he told Padgett to go to bed but then Padgett pulled a knife, walked over to him and stabbed him.
On the scene, Officer Wilson recovered a small knife with a wood handle and gold tips that had what appeared to be blood on the handle and blade. Officers said Padgett confirmed he was the owner of a knife meeting that description but he denied stabbing Cooper.
An affidavit filed in the case states that Workman said when she saw Padgett stab Cooper, she picked up the whiskey bottle and hit Padgett in the head.
Officers Crynes and Wilson stayed at the hospital with Padgett while he received medical attention -- for approximately four hours. After he was cleared medically, he was transported to jail where he was being held on $14,000 bond.