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Man accused of assault, threat with knife

A Mitchell man is accused of assaulting his girlfriend Saturday at their apartment and violating his probation.

Jeremy Mackey, 31, was arrested for aggravated assault, which has a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison, a $30,000 fine or both.

According to court documents, police responded to calls at Mackey's residence Saturday morning. When police arrived, Mackey was not home. His girlfriend said Mackey sat on top of her on the bed while he held a knife over her head with the blade open and asked her "if she wanted a third eye."

Mackey's girlfriend told police he was upset she didn't come home and had called the police. She told police Mackey stabbed the knife in the bedroom wall and he was intoxicated at the time. After Mackey passed out, his girlfriend was able to leave, she said. When she returned home, the girlfriend said Mackey tried to drag her into the apartment by her hair and purse strap. He broke the strap and ripped her shirt, court documents say.

Officer Russ Stevenson recovered a knife from the incident, which he said had white paint and sheetrock on the blade, and observed the hole in the wall from the knife. In his report, Stevenson wrote that Mackey said he first stabbed the wall three days before the incident and then two days later.

Mackey's blood alcohol level was a 0.071, a violation of his probation.

He is scheduled for court later this month.