Man accused of pulling knife on woman, child

Man accused of pulling knife on woman, child

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Deputies arrested a man on aggravated assault charges after they say he pulled a knife on a woman and her child.

The victim told Baxter County sheriff's deputies 36-year-old Rhonni Levi Hooton came to her house on Buzzard Roost Cutoff Monday night just after 6 p.m.

When the woman's 4-year-old child answered the door, she said Hooton—whom she did not know—leaned against the frame and mumbled something she could not understand.

The victim said she saw the knife in Hooton's hand and, fearing for the safety of her child and herself, immediately shut the door.

As the woman called 911, she said Hooton threw the knife down in a ditch and walked away.

Deputies searched the area and found Hooton on Cochran Drive.

According to a news release from Sheriff John Montgomery, Hooton was unsteady on his feet and clinging to a mailbox to keep his balance.

Hooton had blood on his hand, shirt and pants, Montgomery said.

Without the deputy mentioning anything about a knife, Hooton reportedly said he did not pull a knife on anyone.

After the victim positively identified Hooton as the man who came to her door, deputies arrested him on suspicion of felony aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a minor in the second degree and public intoxication.

He is currently being held in the Baxter County Detention Center in lieu of a $15,000 bond awaiting an Oct. 27 appearance in circuit court.

A deputy recovered the knife from the ditch, Montgomery said.

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