A 23-year-old Winnsboro man was accused Tuesday evening of wrestling another man to the ground, then swinging a pocket knife at him. The disturbance started when Cody Gene Pyron became upset a woman chose the other man as her boyfriend instead of him, according to arrest reports.
Sulphur Springs police officers were dispatched around 6:30 p.m. to Quail Ridge Apartments, where they were told an active disturbance involving a knife was in progress. While en route, dispatchers were reportedly told Pyron also had a four-way tire iron, which he was using to strike a vehicle at the Helm Lane apartments. However, prior to arrival, they were advised Pyron had gotten into his vehicle, a black Ford Ranger, which he reportedly drove toward College Street, Sulphur Springs Police Officer Nick Floyd alleged in arrest reports.
Police reportedly asked for county deputies to be on the look out for the vehicle, and gave the description. Shortly after officers arrived, witnesses relayed a license plate relayed number for the suspect’s pickup, which he relayed to authorities as well, according to arrest reports.
SSPD officers began speaking with witnesses and the alleged victim, an 18-year-old Rockwall man who claimed he’d just learned that his 18-year-old girlfriend, who lives at the location, had been “talking” with both him and Pyron, according to police reports.
The Rockwall man alleged Pyron became upset when he learned the woman chose the other man as her boyfriend, and struck the other ma with his fist, then put him into a “chokehold,” according to police reports. Pyron allegedly continued to strike the other man and they fell to the ground.
As Pyron got up off the ground, he allegedly picked up a pocket knife, opened it and swing it in the other man’s direction. Then, Pyron was accused, in arrest reports, of throwing the knife toward the other man’s vehicle.
Pyron reportedly retrieved a four-way tire iron from his vehicle, then struck the driver’s side of the other man’s car. The 23-year-old Winnsboro man allegedly hit the side mirror of the other man’s vehicle hard enough to knock it off and break it. Pyron then reportedly got into his vehicle and left the scene, Floyd alleged in arrest reports.
Floyd alleged multiple injuries were visible on the 18-year-old Rockwall man, including bleeding from knew scrapes and his nose, and marks on one arm. The 18-year-old refused medical attention, according to police reports.
The information regarding the vehicle Pyron was driving and that police were looking for Pyron in connection with the alleged assault was relayed to deputies, who stopped him on State Highway 11 east near County Road 2389. Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputies Lance Burdick, Aaron Chaney and Sgt. Scott Davis reportedly assisted. The Pyron was taken into custody at 7:05 p.m., according to sheriff’s reports.
Multiple people alleged the same events as reported by the victim. Pyron was reportedly read his rights by deputies, then admitted to the altercation and damaging the other man’s vehicle. Thus Pyron was taken into custody and the vehicle he was driving was impounded, according to arrest reports.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Lance Burdick transported Pyron to the county jail, where they were met by Floyd who booked Pyron into jail at 8:40 p.m. Aug. 13 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to arrest reports.
Pyron will be charged at large for misdemeanor criminal mischief for the damage he was alleged to have caused to the other man’s vehicle, Floyd noted in arrest reports. A criminal mischief offense report was made for the damage to the vehicle, according to police reports.
Pyron remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday morning. His bond on the aggravated assault with deadly weapon charge was set at $50,000, according to jail reports.