Man arrested for assault with gun

From staff reports

A 25-year-old man was arrested and charged with multiple felonies after assaulting a Cutler man Thursday night.

Jamal Edward Thompson, address unknown, allegedly assaulted Stephen Sewell with a black handgun.

Lt. Spencer McPeek of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported Sewell contacted him after being assaulted at 11722 State Route 555, Cutler. Sewell said Thompson waved a black handgun at him before allegedly striking him with the handgun on the forehead. The attack caused a 1-inch laceration on his head, which reportedly appeared consistent with being ‘pistol-whipped.’

At some point in the incident, Thompson allegedly demanded Sewell give him all of his money. The sheriff’s report said Sewell stated after being struck with the firearm, he believed Thompson was trying to shoot him, but the handgun did not fire. Sewell got into a vehicle to leave when Thompson allegedly reached inside and smacked him across the face.

Deputies responded to investigate the incident and when they knocked at Thompson’s residence, they observed a male suspect trying to flee the back of the residence before running back inside.

The homeowner gave deputies consent to enter the residence, after which a short standoff reportedly ensued, with Thompson refusing to exit the bedroom. After he refused to exit, deputies entered the residence to take him into custody. When deputies searched the bedroom, they found a black Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun hidden between the mattress and box springs.

Witnesses observed the argument between the two men, however they went back inside and did not witness the assault. They did reportedly see Sewell covered in blood.

Thompson refused to provide information such as his address, stating he wanted a lawyer. He was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; felonious assault, a second-degree felony; and weapons while under disability, tampering with evidence and obstructing official business, all third-degree felonies.

He is being held in the Washington County Jail pending his appearance in Marietta Municipal Court on Monday.


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