WELLS, TX (News Release) - Cherokee County Sheriff's Office responded to a disturbance at Wells Manor Apartments in Wells on December 21, around 11 p.m.
Upon arrival, officials found 44-year-old Jimmy Kirkwood, the victim of a brutal beating and stabbing. According to reports, Kirkwood was visiting a friend at the complex, when 5 suspects allegedly kicked the door open and entered the home without permission. It was then that the suspects stabbed Kirkwood twice and beat him, causing contusions.
Kirkwood was taken to Memorial Hospital in Lufkin for surgery and treatment.
On December 22, the Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Judge B. Dominy issued four arrest warrants for the four named suspects. The war rents were issued for the criminal offense of Burglary of a Habitation, by entering the habitation and committing an assault.
Later that day, around 4 p.m., Cherokee County Sheriff's Office received another call of a disturbance at the Wells Manor Apartments. They said they received a call about a male chasing another male with a crowbar through the complex before fleeing the scene. Information received identified the suspect in this incident as one of the suspects in the December 21st stabbing incident.
During the investigation and search for the suspect, Orlando D. Thacker, 18, turned himself in for his part in the December 21st altercation. Further information led to the arrest of Richard Dwain Moore for his part in the December 21st altercation.
Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested Jeromy C. Holt, 20, and Eddie Joe Holt, 23, on December 24th for their parts in the December 21st altercation.
At this time, Kirkwood is reported to be in stable condition.
The four suspects were arrested for the criminal offense of Burglary of a Habitation Felony 1. They face 5 to 99 years or life and fine not to exceed $10,000.
This case continues to be investigated by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
KTRE has learned that Thacker was actually the victim in an attack in April in which he said Jeromy Holt and Eddie Holt attacked him at an oil well site in Angelina County. Thacker suffered two black eyes and had a broken nose in two different places.