MH man enters plea to charges involving knife struggle with officers

A Mountain Home man, 37-year-old Nathias Hall, entered a not guilty plea Thursday to charges stemming from an incident in which he and two law enforcement officers struggled over a knife.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Cotter Patrol Officer Joel Richardson responded to a call January 25th of an individual experiencing difficulty breathing on State Highway 345 near the Cotter-Gassville Water Treatment Plant.

Officer Richardson observed a male subject, later identified as Hall, lying on his stomach. Richardson rolled Hall over on his back and observed blood on his neck. A knife was observed on the ground beside Hall. The Mountain Home man then grabbed the knife, swung it in a threatening manner toward Richardson, and the two began to struggle for possession of the weapon.

The affidavit notes Hall continued to struggle with both Richardson and Gassville Police Department Officer Ron Weaver. Pepper spray was administered, and a Taser was utilized before Hall was arrested.

He has been charged with a felony count of aggravated assault, along with a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. His bond was set at $7,500 and reduced to $3,500 Thursday.

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