Man accused of trying to slash officer with scissor blade

Man accused of trying to slash officer with scissor blade
Scissor blade Poplar Bluff police say Timothy Williams used to try and slash an officer. (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Dept.)
Scissor blade Poplar Bluff police say Timothy Williams used to try and slash an officer. (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Dept.)
Bowie knife officers reported finding when they searched Timothy Williams. (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Dept.)
Bowie knife officers reported finding when they searched Timothy Williams. (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Dept.)

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - Poplar Bluff police arrested a man after they say he tried to slash an officer with a scissor blade.

While investigating a suspicious person call Tuesday night at the Jiffy Self Storage in the 3000-block of South Westwood Boulevard, Officer Janes encountered Timothy Williams.

Upon learning that Williams was wanted on an arrest warrant, Janes attempted to take him into custody.

Williams, according to Captain David Sutton of the Poplar Bluff Police Department, shoved his hand in his pocket and assumed a fighting stance.

As Janes reached for his arm, Williams pulled his hand out and swung at the officer with a knife fashioned from a scissor blade, Sutton said.

Janes forced Williams to the ground and tried to place him in handcuffs.

Williams reportedly continued to resist and grabbed the officer's wrists.

Sutton said Janes managed to free one hand and used his radio to call for assistance. He then attempted to use his taser, but Williams grabbed Janes' arm with both hands and pushed the taser toward the officer.

Sergeant Hefner and Officer Larkins arrived on the scene and together with Janes they placed Williams into handcuffs.

When officers searched Williams, they found he was also carrying a large Bowie-style knife with an 8" blade and a utility knife.

Williams was taken to the Butler County Jail and left on charges of second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, resisting arrest, and failure to appear.

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