• Dennis McCaslin

Fifty-eight year-old Pope County man held on $15,000 in stabbing incident



Law enforcement officials in Pope County arrested a fifty-eight year-old man for felony assault after a stabbing incident earlier in the week.

Michael E. Jackson, 58, was arrested by the the Atkins Police Department when they responded to a stabbing in progress. When officers arrived on scene, three women met them outside a residence and told them the suspects were inside.

Police found Jackson inside the home, but the other subject had fled into a nearby wooded area. The officer testified that police originally were not sure which subject was at fault.

Jackson had a laceration on the back of his head, and the other subject, when he was found, had a laceration on his left arm and blood coming from the “groin area.”

According to witnesses, Jackson allegedly became angry with a female on the scene and began arguing with her. When Jackson allegedly produced a bone-handled knife, the other subject intervened. The wounds to Jackson were allegedly in self-defense.

Jackson, whose bond was set at $15,000 by District Judge Don Bourne during felony bond hearings on Wednesday inside the Pope County Detention Center, has domestic battery convictions from 2013 and 2015.

He will appear in Pope County Circuit Court at a later date.