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Police: 'Roughhousing' led to violent crime

August 12, 2013

Jason Houk

BREMEN — A Bremen man has been arrested on charges of aggravated battery and battery by means of a deadly for allegedly stabbing a friend while “roughhousing” in early July, according to police.
Bremen police Chief Matt Hassel said Jason Houk, 34, of the 900 block of Center Street, was booked into the Marshall County Jail shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.
Bremen police were called to an area near the intersection of Center and Third streets at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, July 1, on a report of a stabbing, the police chief said in a news release.
Officers found a 35-year-old man suffering from a stab wound when they arrived.
The man, who wasn’t identified in the release, said Houk stabbed him.
The victim was initially taken to Community Hospital of Bremen and later transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
The man’s current condition wasn’t immediately known.
Witnesses told investigators that Houk and the man are friends and had been drinking.
They said Houk and the victim were “roughhousing” and it escalated into Houk stabbing the other man, according to Hassel’s news release.
Houk fled the scene before officers arrived, but had prosecutors had filed formal charges against him.
On Sunday, however, Bremen police discovered Houk at his Center Street residence and he was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant.
It wasn’t immediately known when Houk will be arraigned on the charges.

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