The Hinton Police Department received a call for a situation at the Hinton House on Monday, May 3 around 4 a.m. When officers arrived on the scene, they witnessed Joseph Michael Brown, 41, of Hinton arguing with another individual. According to the criminal complaint, the other individual yelled that Brown had cut her with a knife and she proceeded to run away from him. The victim attempted to flee inside the building but was unable to do so. The officer observed Brown restrain the victim in an enclosed space.
According to the criminal complaint, Brown proceeded to yell threats and obscenities and the responding officer observed a metal blade in Brown’s hand. The officer then instructed Brown to drop the weapon and he refused to comply.
Eventually, the victim was able to escape the confined area and flee down the sidewalk, according to the criminal complaint. Brown then picked up a large rock and began screaming at an individual inside the lobby of the building. While he was distracted, the officer was able to shield the victim from harm’s way.
The criminal complaint states that Brown made several threatening advances towards the officer with the previously identified blade. After some time, officers were able to get Brown to drop the knife and swiftly placed him in handcuffs.
After Brown was securely restrained, the victim stated that, prior to be taken into custody, Brown had grabbed and cut her wrist. According to the criminal complaint, the officer observed a wound matching the victim’s statement.
Brown is being charged with multiple offenses, including including malicious assault and assaulting an officer, and is currently being held at Southern Regional Jail. His bail has been set at $28,300.