Tatum stabbing victim remains in hospital, suspect's name released

Tatum stabbing victim remains in hospital, suspect's name released

POSTED: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 9:54am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 9:58am

On Sunday, May 29, 2011, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Judge Joe Sorrells, charged suspect, Joseph Deem, 19, of Tatum, with Aggravated Assault, for the stabbing which occurred approximately 3:30am on Saturday, May 28, 2011. Deems’ bond was set at $15,000.

The victim remains in a local hospital, where he is recovering from surgery, due to injuries he sustained in the assault.

On May 8, 2011, at approximately 3:30am, Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to an aggravated assault. The Deputies arrived at County Road 2174, in Rusk County, where they found the victim, a white male, 22, of Tatum, with stab wounds to the back. The victim was transported via ambulance to a local hospital where he underwent surgery due to his injuries.

An investigation by Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators and Rusk County District Attorney Office Investigator, lead to an arrest warrant for a suspect in the stabbing. The investigation team, with the assistance of Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, executed an arrest warrant issued by County Court at Law, Judge Chad Dean, for a suspect. At approximately 800am, a suspect, white male, 19, of Tatum, was located in Gregg County where he was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Sheriff Danny R. Pirtle stated this was diligent work by The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Rusk County District Attorney’s Office, and Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, who worked together, as a team, to locate and arrest the suspect in this crime.

This investigation continues and updates will follow as information is received.

The suspect remains in the Rusk County Jail, where he awaits arraignment.

From: Rusk County Sheriff Department

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