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Texarkana man charged with aggravated assault in alleged hatchet attack

by Lynn LaRowe | November 17, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

TEXARKANA, Texas -- A man accused of attacking another man with a hatchet last week in Texarkana has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

William Jamaal Childs, 30, allegedly struck a man in the side of the head with a hatchet Nov. 10 while outside a Texarkana, Texas, motel in the 2600 block of South Lake Street, according to a probable cause affidavit. Patrol officers with the Texarkana Texas Police Department took Childs into custody as he walked on Garber Street.

"I asked Childs if he knew why we were speaking to him and he advised that he had just beat someone up," the affidavit states.

Officers located the alleged victim at the motel and observed him to be suffering from a large gash on the left side of his face near his left temple. LifeNet personnel "confirmed that the injuries appeared to be consistent with a wound from a hatchet."

The alleged victim allegedly told police that Childs was upset about a work situation. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

A witness reportedly told police that "Childs swung the hatchet hard enough to kill him but his swing was somehow obstructed by a TV that was sitting on the sidewalk."

Childs allegedly told officers that he left the hatchet in some nearby woods but officers were unable to locate it during a search of the area.

Childs has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. If convicted he faces two to 20 years in prison. Childs is currently being held in the Bowie County jail with bail set at $100,000.


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