A suspect whose charges were dropped in the March 11 shooting incident in Louisiana was arrested in Eolia over the weekend in connection with an alleged stabbing in Hannibal.
Aaron Weatherby, 18, of Vandalia, was charged with felony assault and is in the Marion County Jail according to Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte.
Sheriff’s deputies went to an Eolia home on Saturday, June 7 and arrested Weatherby, Lauren Sinclair, 21, of Hannibal, and Zachary Kuntz, 24, of Eolia, in connection with the stabbing, Korte said. While there, law enforcement officials also seized alleged meth labs and weapons.
Hannibal Police Lt. Kathy Davis said in a Monday, June 9 statement the stabbing incident occurred at 12:20 a.m. on June 7.
Hannibal officers met with a 21-year-old New London man who had been stabbed and taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital.
The man and a 22-year-old man, also from New London, were at Huckleberry Park in Hannibal when they were assaulted and both stabbed by a group of people, Davis said. The 22-year-old man was also treated at the hospital.
Hannibal police reported the suspects allegedly left the area in a teal and silver Chevrolet truck and may have been headed to Pike County.
Pike County deputies located the truck and the suspects at 121 Church Street in Eolia, Korte said. Deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers then approached the residence.
A deputy spotted Kuntz allegedly fleeing the residence through the back door, Korte said. The deputy displayed his Taser and Kuntz immediately stopped.
While apprehending Kuntz, Weatherby approached the deputies and troopers and was being uncooperative, Korte said. He was subsequently taken into custody.
Lauren Sinclair, was arrested inside the residence without incident, Korte said.
Deputies and troopers then seized the truck that was allegedly seen fleeing from the scene in Hannibal. A warrant was then issued to search the truck for evidence in relation to the stabbing. Pike County deputies and Hannibal Police detectives searched the vehicle and allegedly located evidence related to the stabbing.
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