MAN – A series of events in the town of Man saw a Gilbert resident be an alleged victim of malicious wounding only to reportedly be involved in a domestic disturbance later in the day.
On Aug. 15, Patrolman Stephen Hughes with the Man Police Department (MPD) was dispatched to an apartment in the Man area, and upon his arrival he found Luke Carter and another man restraining David Smith, 50, of Man.
Smith had reportedly entered the apartment and used a knife to cut Luke Carter, 32, of Gilbert, several times on the arm and punched another victim several times. While speaking with Smith, Hughes reports he stated Carter and the other victim owed him money.
Smith is charged with a felony count of malicious wounding and misdemeanor counts of battery and brandishing a deadly weapon. If he is found guilty on all counts, Smith could be forced to spend between 2.25 and seven years in state correctional facility and pay up to $2,000 in fines.
Later that day, Patrolman Hughes ended up arresting Carter after he had allegedly struck a woman.
Hughes reports he was dispatched to Market Street in reference to a domestic dispute in progress, and upon arrival, Hughes found the victim whose face reportedly exhibited swelling and redness.
After documenting the victim’s injuries, Hughes was informed by Logan County 911 the alleged defendant, Luke Carter was seen walking down the street, and, upon making contact with Carter, Hughes reports he admitted to striking the victim.
Carter is charged with a misdemeanor count of domestic battery; if he is found guilty, Carter could be forced to spend up to one year in a state correctional facility and pay up to $500 in fines. Bond was set to $5,000.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]