Lufkin Police make arrest in severed finger case

John N. Campbell mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail
John N. Campbell mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A man is now in the Angelina County Jail after he was released from a hospital after he allegedly cut a woman's finger in June.

John N. Campbell, 48, of Dianna, is charged with aggravated assault.

According to an affidavit, a disturbance call was made to Lufkin Police after a woman claimed  Campbell had cut off her finger.

The woman was in her front yard, bleeding, when police got to the residence, pointing in the direction where Campbell had fled, according to the affidavit.

Officers were able to catch up to a white car, driven by Campbell. An officer activated his overhead lights and ordered the subject out of his car, with his hands up. Campbell said that police would "have to shoot him," according to the report.

Campbell was compliant and cuffed. After a search, police found three knives on him, according to the report. Campbell also claimed to have a suicide note in his pocket, which was eventually located.

The victim claimed that Campbell had smoked crack earlier that day and an argument ensued over some medication.

The victim stated to police that Campbell later came back, while she was on the phone, and grew enraged, according to the report.

The report also states that Campbell followed the woman to the bathroom, told her he was going to kill her, and then severed one of her fingers off with a knife. The woman was able to break free and called 911.

According to the report, an officer noted that the cut to the victim's finger "was serious enough to require stitches, however, she did not go to the hospital by Lufkin EMS. She was treated and provided first aid in the ambulance."

Campbell was transported to Memorial Health System and a request for a mental health evaluation was made. Campbell was then transported to the mental health facility, according to the report.

He was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Tuesday. His bail has not been set.

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