Crime

Aggravated assault suspect waives preliminary hearing

The homeless man accused of trying to stab a man several times Friday waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Recorder's Court.

Arrested Friday evening, Moses Askew pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated assault, one count of simple assault, two counts of terrorist threats or acts and one count of obstruction before waiving the hearing.

Judge Michael Cilenski ordered that Askew be placed in the Muscogee County Jail.

Cilenski denied bond on the aggravated assault charge. The bonds for the remaining charges were a total of $22,000.

According to an arrest report, Askew attempted to stab a man with a knife several times near the intersection of Third Avenue and 16th Street Friday evening before 5:15 p.m.

Police said they arrived on the scene and allegedly witnessed the suspect swinging a 2-by-4 foot object at a witness trying to help the victim.

No injuries were mentioned in the arrest report.

Officers detained the subject and asked him if he had a knife. Askew said he did not, but officials reportedly found the weapon in Askew's pocket, records show.

The suspect allegedly yelled at the victim and witness, saying he was "going to kill them when he got out," according to reports.

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