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Knox County Grand Jury indicts Mount Vernon man accused of stabbing acquaintance in the neck

MOUNT VERNON -- A Mount Vernon man accused of stabbing a woman in the neck was indicted on multiple counts Monday by the Knox County Grand Jury. According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, the Grand Jury indicted David L. Burnside, 56, on charges of aggravated robbery, felonious assault and abduction.

Thatcher said on October 9, Burnside entered the residence of a 50 year old female acquaintance on West High Street and then he allegedly tried to steal one of the woman’s Percocet tablets by holding a four inch knife to her throat. Thatcher said Burnside was apparently aware that the alleged victim had a prescription for the medication. While Burnside restrained the alleged victim, she suffered a stab wound to the neck. Burnside has been held in the Knox County Jail since the day of the incident on a $25,000.00 bond. Detective James Dechant, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the case.

The grand jury indicted four others.

Justin R. Stachler, 28, Mount Vernon, allegedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend, on October 10. According to the indictment, Stachler was convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court, in 2011. Thatcher said the previous conviction makes the current charge a felony. Patrolman Qade Lewis, MVPD, investigated the case.

Joshua D. Bias, 36, Centerburg, is charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, illegal manufacture of drugs and aggravated possession of drugs. Thatcher said at about 3 a.m. on March 18, Bias fled from Trooper Ryan Mann, State Highway Patrol, when Mann attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Mann paced Bias’s vehicle at speeds of 85-100 miles per hour until Bias eventually lost control of his car and crashed in a field. During the investigation of the fleeing and eluding charge, Mann allegedly found methamphetamine and components commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine in Bias’s vehicle.

Philip Kraus, 41, Bellville, faces theft charges for taking deposits from four customers to install security equipment, but then allegedly keeping the money without doing the installation work. Thatcher said the alleged thefts occurred between February 27 and May 29. Detective Craig Feeney, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.

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