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An area man is being charged with several felonies after police say he stabbed two men, leaving one critically injured.

Braden Henson, 24, of Park Hills, is charged with two class A felonies of assault in the first degree and two felony charges of armed criminal action.

According to a probable cause statement signed by the Bonne Terre Police Department, officers were called to the 400 block of D Street in Bonne Terre at 12:21 a.m. Tuesday for a stabbing.

When the officer arrived he spoke with several witnesses who told him what took place. One witness said another man pulled up to the house with Henson to hang out with him and another friend. While they were hanging out, Henson started arguing with another man who lived at the home.

The man said Henson and the victim started pushing each other and Henson charged the victim screaming he had been to prison and wasn’t afraid to go back. The man told the officer at that point Henson pulled a black knife out of his pocket, flipped open the blade and stabbed the victim in the neck.

The man said he tried to help the victim by pulling Henson off of him, but when Henson turned around, Henson stabbed the man trying to help between the fingers on his left hand. The man said he and Henson were then hitting each other while the victim ran in the house screaming he had "been stabbed" and to "call 911."

A second witness said Henson asked him to get him out of there, but he refused to help him get away. Henson then ran off and left his cell phone behind. The man gave the cell phone to the officer.

The victim was taken to St. Anthony’s Medical Center. Once the victim made it to the hospital, he was taken in for emergency surgery due to a knife wound to the neck, according to a woman who had been asleep during the fight.

The woman told the officer she was informed over the phone by medical personnel from St. Anthony’s Medical Center that the victim’s jugular vein had been severed and he was bleeding internally. She was also told of a second stab wound to the victim’s chest.

She was told the second stab wound indicated the blade temporarily stuck in the victim’s breast bone and the apparent trajectory of the blade indicated the breast bone appeared to have stopped the blade from penetrating through to the victim’s heart.

Bonne Terre Police Chief Doug Calvert said the only statement they were able to get from the victim was that Henson stabbed him because he called Henson "lame."

Calvert also said several agencies, including Desloge Police and the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department, came out to assist with searching for Henson. He was located in East Bonne Terre between 3:30 and 4 a.m. Tuesday and was taken into custody.

St. Francois Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin said the charges could change if the victim doesn’t live.

“It’s my understanding emergency surgery was done and if he dies the charges could be changed to murder one,” said Mahurin. “Right now we are waiting to hear an update from hospital on the victim’s condition. We had to get the current charges filed immediately in order to hold him, so he couldn’t be released, unless he posts bond.”

Henson is being held in the St. Francois County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Henson has a prior felony conviction for felonious restraint. 

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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