LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 48-year-old Lufkin man was arrested on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge Thursday after he got into an altercation with his 65-year-old father at a residence on Ward Street and allegedly tried to cut him with a pocket knife.
A friend of his father's was afraid Carroll Wayne Kennedy was going to kill the father, and bashed him in the head with a board to stop him, according to the arrest affidavit.
Kennedy is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony charge of having a deadly weapon in a penal institution, a third-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams, and a class A misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous drug.
Bail was set at $1,500 for the Class A misdemeanor charge. No bail has been set for the other charges at this time.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lufkin Police officers responded to a disturbance in progress at a residence in the 1100 block of Ward Street at approximately 1 p.m. on Feb. 1. When they arrived at the scene, they found Kennedy lying in a ditch. He was bleeding profusely from his head, and his girlfriend was trying to stop the bleeding.
The officers found a piece of 4x4 board nailed to a 2x6 board lying in the ditch nearby. A camouflaged lock-blade knife was lying open in the street.
After paramedics and EMTs arrived, Kennedy was transported to Lufkin's Memorial Hospital.
Kennedy's father came out from the residence in the 100 block of Ward Street and told the officers that Kennedy and his girlfriend showed up at his house and his son demanded a place to stay, according to the affidavit. The older man told his son to leave, and the two of them began fighting in the backyard.
Kennedy's father told police that his son pulled a knife on him and chased him to the road, according to the affidavit. The father said his friend then struck Kennedy in the head with a board.
When the officers made contact with the father's friend and another man, the friend told them that they were helping the father work at his residence when Kennedy and his girlfriend arrived. He said Kennedy and his father started arguing after the older man told him to leave.
The friend told police that at some point, Kennedy knocked his father to the ground and got on top of him, according to the affidavit. When the friend tried to pull Kennedy off his father, Kennedy allegedly pulled a knife and began swinging it at everyone and said, "I'll kill you."
During the scuffle, Kennedy also allegedly struck his girlfriend in the face when she tried to intervene.
The friend told the police officers that Kennedy's father ran through his house to the front yard, and his son chased him with the knife, according to the affidavit.
Believing that Kennedy intended to kill his father, the friend picked up a piece of 4x4 board with a length of 1x6 board nailed to it and struck Kennedy in the head, knocking him to the ground, according to the affidavit. Another witness also confirmed that Kennedy was chasing his father when the friend whacked Kennedy with the board.
Another witness also told police that she saw Kennedy chase his father with the knife and hit his girlfriend. She also said she heard Kennedy say, "I'll kill all of you [expletives." In addition, the female witness said the father had a small board that he kept swinging in what she thought was an effort to keep from being stabbed or cut.
One of the LPD officers attempted to speak to Kennedy at the hospital. Kennedy told him his father had struck him with the board, but was unable to provide any further information, the affidavit stated.
At the hospital, Kennedy's girlfriend told the officer that they went to the father's house to ask if they could store some items there, and Kennedy and his father started arguing. She said after Kennedy told her they were leaving, his father attacked him. The woman told the officer she tried to break up the fight, and also confirmed that the father's friend struck her boyfriend with the board.
The girlfriend told the officer that Kennedy didn't strike her intentionally.
According to the affidavit, Kennedy suffered deep cuts to the back of the head and the forehead above his right eye. The LPD officer later learned that Kennedy was suffering from a small brain bleed and fracture around his eye socket. He was transported to Hermann Memorial in Houston for further treatment.
Kennedy also had an outstanding felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance for an incident that occurred on Jan. 24. After a Lufkin PD officer made a traffic stop on a black 1999 Dodge Durango driven by Kennedy's girlfriend was arrested for having the wrong registration sticker on her vehicle and no insurance.
Kennedy was a passenger in the vehicle, according to a second affidavit. After the officer at the scene relayed his information to dispatch, Kennedy was allowed to leave the scene.
Before the Durango was towed, an LPD officer did an inventory of the vehicle and found a clear bag with several pills in the passenger door's pocket near where Kennedy had been sitting. The bag contained nine Hydrocodone pills, two Acetaminophen pills, and red and green pills that field-tested positive for ecstasy.
Captain Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said when Kennedy was brought to the jail, he was acting nervous. When he was searched prior to his book-in, the jailers found him to be in possession of a small pocket knife.