Man stabbed during fight in Liberty City


A Tatum man was rushed from the Liberty City area to a local hospital early Friday morning after he was reportedly stabbed in a fight with an as-yet unidentified suspect.

The two men were fighting in the middle of Smallwood Road outside a house in the 1100 block about 4 a.m. when one apparently pulled a knife on the other. The two were reportedly arguing about a women at the residence.

The assailant was taken into custody by Gregg County Sheriff’s Office deputies and is awaiting arraignment.

According to GCSO Cpl. Josh Tubb, deputies were dispatched to the location at 4:19 a.m. Feb. 23.

When they arrived, he reported, 30-year-old Tatum resident Joshua Hyatt was lying in the middle of the road with stab wounds.

“EMS arrived on scene and transported Hyatt to a local hospital to receive treatment for his injuries,” Tubb noted. Speaking to the victim and a witness at the scene, “deputies learned that Joshua Hyatt and the suspect had an argument over a female subject at that location which quickly escalated into a physical altercation, ending with Hyatt being stabbed by the suspect. Deputies were able to identify, locate, and arrest the suspect for the offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.”

The suspect’s name will be released after his bond is set by a judge, Tubb concluded.