Waynesville Police charged David Sherman, 24, and Daniel Johnson, 21, with Assault With A Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury after Sherman allegedly stabbed a man at his home on Belle Meade Drive and Johnson allegedly punched him in the face with brass knuckles.
As if ending up in jail on New Year’s Eve isn’t bad enough, it could have been worse for Johnson who came close to being bit by Waynesville Police K-9, Luke- the county’s newest addition, a German Shepherd bomb dog.
The stabbing, according to police, happened over a moped that one suspect “rented” from the victim and failed to return. Not long before the stabbing, the suspects encountered the victim at a gas station and “had words,” police said.
The victim left the station and went home. According to police, the two suspects arrived at the man’s house moments later and attacked him in the driveway, allegedly stabbing him with a knife in the chest and eye and punching him in the face with brass knuckles. The man was transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries and later released. Meanwhile, both suspects fled the scene.
Police located Johnson a short time later walking along a nearby street. When approached, police said, he ran and attempted to hide in the crawl space of a house that was standing in 1- 1.5- feet of water. He was warned multiple times to come out, or a K-9 is coming in.
Police K-9s are trained to track and locate suspects, and apprehend them by biting. In situations where officers are unable to see a suspect, K-9s are used for officer safety.
Unfortunately for Luke (who considers it a “reward” to bite a suspect) but fortunately for Johnson (who ultimately surrendered), K-9 Handler Waynesville Police John Ramsey was able to get him into custody without a bite from the dog.
In a less dramatic scene, Sherman was taken into custody from a home on Allens Creek Road. Both men were jailed on felony assault charges.