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Man allegedly wielded knife

July 12, 2011
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - A 31-year-old Fairmont man, Jamie Lee Patton, faces charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, along with felony charges of fifth-degree assault and terroristic threats, after allegedly chasing a man with a knife early Sunday morning.

Patton also is accused of making threats and assaulting two women, making threats against a witness, and fighting with and threatening police during his arrest.

According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:

Police responded to a call shortly before 1 a.m. in the area of North Elm and Third streets. A woman called and stated a man was trying to stab her husband.

There was a large group of people in the area when police arrived.

Witnesses reported there was a fight between a black man, two black women and a white man.

It was reported the white man was using racial slurs and talked about getting his gun. The man, later identified as Patton, came back outside from a nearby apartment with a large kitchen knife and chased the man and two women.

The three victims were identified and located.

The man said he was out with his wife and sister and encountered Patton at a nearby bar. At the bar, Patton had stolen one of the women's beers, and called her a racial slur.

Patton was escorted out of the bar, but when the three left, Patton spat in one of the women's faces and swung at her with a closed fist, but did not connect. The three attempted to leave, but Patton continued to follow and attempt to pick a fight.

The man then ended up getting in a fight with Patton and knocked Patton down. The three were continuing to walk away when Patton threatened to get his gun, and then went into the apartment and came out with a knife and chased them.

The man said Patton got very close to him while he was attempting to stab him and he feared for his life.

Patton was not at his residence, but a roommate said he had just taken off. A police canine was brought in to track Patton, and he was found a short distance away hiding in some shrubs.

Patton refused to come out of the bushes or show his hands. When the police dog was ordered to apprehend Patton, he fought with the dog and, at one point, claimed to surrender. But when released, Patton started hitting the dog again, and the dog grabbed Patton again until he did surrender.

The knife in question was recovered near Patton's apartment and had a blade that was 10 inches long. As Patton was taken to the hospital, he said the officers' judgment day was coming and that he knew where one of the officers lived.

A background check shows Patton was convicted of second-degree assault and domestic assault in 2009.

Second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.

Two counts of fifth-degree assault with a previous conviction within three years each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Patton also faces three charges of terroristic threats; each carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, and a gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process; maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Patton is being held in the Martin County Jail.



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