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Killeen man who police say brandished knives indicted

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:30 am

BELTON — A 35-year-old Killeen man is facing felony assault changes after police said they saw him wielding knives during a domestic disturbance call.

A Bell County grand jury Wednesday indicted Ripton Adam Vickers on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with bodily injury.

According to an arrest affidavit, Killeen police responded April 1 to an apartment in the 4300 block of East Rancier Avenue on a report of a domestic disturbance.

The responding officer saw a man, later identified as Vickers, exit an apartment with a folding knife in each hand.

Vickers’ wife told the officer that she and her husband had an argument. When she tried to leave, she said Vickers put his hand around her throat and tried to choke her. The woman said Vickers took one of the knives the officer saw and cut her dress, the affidavit stated.

Vickers was arrested without incident. Court records showed Vickers was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of assault and bodily injury to a family member in May 2010. The charge was dismissed in 2011 after he completed counseling.

The alleged April 1 incident involving Vickers is one of several reports of Killeen police dealing with knife-wielding men this month.

On April 4, a Killeen police officer shot and wounded Titus R. Latchison, 35, after he allegedly charged the officer wielding two knives.

Latchison was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer shortly afterward.

On Sunday, John Fabian Rodriguez, 28, was arrested after he alledgedly brandished a knife at a police officer attempting to detain him, according to an arrest affidavit.

Rodriguez was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on Tuesday on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault against a police officer.

On Monday, Killeen police and SWAT officers were involved in a standoff with a potentially suicidal man who was wielding a machete. That man eventually surrendered to police, and his name has yet to be released.

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