Centerton Man Arrested In Connection With Stabbing
Posted: October 7, 2013 at 2:36 a.m.
BENTONVILLE — A Centerton man was arrested Thursday in connection with stabbing another man in a physical altercation at his front door.
Farris Eugene Merritt, 51, was arrested in connection with aggravated assault, a Class D felony and battery in the first degree, a Class A felony.
Centerton police were called at 5:50p.m. Thursday to 1050 Hunters Point. A police officer found Jeffery Hatley in the driveway bleeding from his neck and chest, according to court documents.
Hatley pointed to the house and told police that his son’s stepfather, Merritt, had gone back in the house and took the knife with him, the probable cause affidavit states.
Police approached the house and Merritt opened the door and he was handcuffed by police. Merritt told police the knife was on the back of the couch in his house, court documents state.
Hatley was taken to Northwest Medical Center-Bentonville, according to court documents. Hatley told police at the hospital that he believed Merritt was trying to kill him by stabbing and slashing for his heart and throat.
According to documents, Hatley had cuts and lacerations to his face and neck with one wound needing 16 sutures to close. Hatley also had cuts to his chest and left arm.
Hatley told police he rang the doorbell and Merritt answered the door and began yelling and cursing at him, the affidavit states. According to the affidavit, Hatley said he felt Merritt poking him in the chest and did not know he was being stabbed until he looked down. The two began to to struggle outside and a neighbor called 911, the affidavit states.
Hatley’s 17-year-old son told police he had made plans to go out to dinner with his father, according to court documents. According to the affidavit, the teen witnessed the incident between his father and stepfather.
Merritt was being held Sunday in the Benton County Jail with a $250,000 bond set.
His arraignment is scheduled for 8 a.m. Nov. 12 in Circuit Judge Brad Karren’s court.