The suspect, Sean Edward Hatcher, 49, is charged with aggravated assault. Three people were injured and taken to the hospital.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A man is facing three counts of aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing three people in the parking lot of the Brickyard Bar and Grill early on New Year’s Day.
Sean Edward Hatcher, 49, was taken into custody on Jan. 1 after authorities received a report of a stabbing. When officers arrived at the scene around 2:50 a.m., the victims had already been taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by private vehicle and Hatcher had left the bar, police said.
One of the victims told authorities he was at the bar with three others when Hatcher approached the group and began touching them inappropriately. The woman told Hatcher to stop, but Hatcher continued to touch her, according to the police report. She said the group then tried to leave the bar and were punched and then stabbed by Hatcher in the parking lot.
She said two other people in the group tried to intervene but they were also stabbed. One of the victims had a stab wound to the chest, police said. Another victim suffered minor lacerations to his right arm, and a third victim suffered severe injuries to his body, “possibly also to his liver.”
One member of the group told authorities he had known Hatcher since childhood. She said she tried to leave him all night because he was acting strange.
While officers were still at the Brickyard Bar and Grill, authorities said Hatcher returned and made contact. He was taken into custody and told authorities he had stabbed people in self-defense. Officers said they found a set of black brass knuckles in his pocket when he was arrested. They also said the man had a cut on his hand and was taken to UT Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.
He was then taken to the Knox County Detention Center, according to a police report.
Hatcher is scheduled to appear in court on January 4th. He has a criminal record that includes charges of aggravated robbery and particularly aggravated kidnapping in 2009.