Sheriff Coy Swanger stands next to a vehicle that brought a stabbing victim to meet Life Force helicopter Tuesday. Charles Larry Ashley, Jr. (inset), is charged with the attack. Photos courtesy of the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department.
June 14, 2019 – A man who went to a residence on Shadowland Drive in the Lewis Chapel community to repair a lawnmower Tuesday, June 11, was attacked and stabbed by a man he barely knew, and after several days of searching, officers located and arrested a suspect in the attack.
Brian Alan Daniels, 54, of Hamilton County, sustained a “significant cut to the left side of his throat,” detectives said, when Charles Larry Ashley, Jr., 37, of a Mowbray Pike address, reportedly attacked him with a knife.
A neighbor who was nearby at the time called police at 3:47 p.m. to report that the man was stabbed, and then met emergency personnel at the Lewis Chapel exit of SR 111, where Life Force helicopter was summoned to transport the victim to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.
Detective Jody Lockhart of the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department said Daniels was in critical condition when he was airlifted to the hospital, but was released Thursday night. The deep 4-inch gash to his throat missed hitting any arteries.
“Multiple agencies spent several days searching for the suspect,” Lockhart said today. Joining the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department in the search were the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), the U.S. Marshals Task Force, and the Hamilton County Swat Team, he said.
Ashley was located Thursday night about 7:30 p.m., at a residence on Hendon Road, on the Bledsoe County side of Lewis Chapel, he said.
Ashley is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Ashley is a felon, having been convicted of aggravated assault in Hamilton County in 2009, as well as having numerous other arrests in his past.
“I would consider him to have a violent history,” Det. Lockhart said.
While the motive for the attack is unknown at this time, Det. Lockhart said the suspect may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time.
The charge Ashley faces may be increased to attempted murder, at the discretion of the District Attorney's Office, Lockhart said.
Ashley will have a bond hearing next week, and his court appearance following that is set for July 17.