Man charged with assault

Published 8:01 am Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Winchester man is facing three felony charges after allegedly wounding two people with a knife and spitting in a deputy jailer’s face.

James A. McDonald, 32, of 31 E. Washington St., was arrested Monday night on two counts of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault.

In his arraignment Wednesday in Clark District Court, the judge entered automatic not-guilty pleas and scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 9.

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According to court documents, Winchester Police officers were called to McDonald’s residence at 7:45 p.m. Monday about a possible stabbing.

Lindsay Blevins told police McDonald threatened her and was pushing her around. Blevins said she called her brother-in-law, Robert Wilson Jr., to come over.

Wilson told officers McDonald was pacing around the apartment with a knife in his hand. He said McDonald attacked him, stabbing him in the left side with the knife and cutting his face.

The second victim, Nicholas Dearing, said he heard the altercation and saw McDonald fighting when he entered the apartment.

Dearing said he tried to disarm McDonald and got cut on the hand in the process.

Wilson and Dearing were transported to Clark Regional Medical Center for treatment and McDonald was arrested for two counts of first-degree assault.

After being booked at the Clark County Detention Center, deputy jailer Christian Doan said McDonald had to be restrained after becoming physically and verbally aggressive.

In the arrest citation, Doan said McDonald refused to follow verbal commands. When he put his hands on McDonald to guide him to the bench, McDonald allegedly spit in Doan’s face.

McDonald is being held on a $25,000 cash bond for both cases in the Clark County Detention Center.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email or call 859-759-0051.

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