Although a group of five people began drinking at a Brazil bar Wednesday, local law enforcement helped arrest two of them for their alleged involvement in a stabbing incident in downtown Terre Haute early Thursday morning.
Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison confirmed to The Brazil Times that officers from his department and the Clay County Sheriff's Department were involved in the capture and helped detain Scott William Almy and an unidentified woman near the Clay/Vigo county line before 3 a.m.
Apparently after an evening of drinking, three men in the group - Scott William Almy, Shawheen Arabi and Warren Kyle Smith - got into a fight near the intersection of 11th Street and Wabash Avenue Thursday morning. During the struggle, Almy pulled a knife and stabbed Arabi and Smith before leaving the scene with an unidentified woman.
Investigators said Almy fired two shots from a gun as Arabi and Smith ran away to find help.
Around 2:30 a.m., police officers were dispatched to the altercation. As the victims were transported to Terre Haute Union Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries, local law enforcement agencies were provided with a description of the vehicle driven by the suspects.
The BCPD and the Clay County Sheriff Dept. were notified that two suspects fled east along Wabash Ave., heading apparently toward Clay County.
Shortly afterward, Harrison said Patrolman Jeff Bucklin located a purple-colored vehicle matching the description of the suspects' vehicle traveling westbound on United States 40 through Brazil.
While waiting for backup, Bucklin followed the suspects to an area near County Road 950 North and CR 300 West, just north of Northview High School, before stopping the vehicle.
Harrison said members of the BCPD, CCSD and the Indiana State Police helped detain the suspects until law enforcement representatives from Vigo County arrived to take them into custody.
Almy, 24, Indianapolis, was taken to the Vigo County Jail and booked on preliminary charges of two counts of aggravated battery resulting in bodily injury and one count of criminal recklessness.
Almy is expected to appear in court for formal arraignment Friday.
Arabi and Smith were treated for their injuries and later released from the hospital Thursday. It is unknown what, if any, formal charges will be filed by the Vigo County Prosecutor's Office against the two for their involvement in the incident.
Harrison said the arrest was a fine example of interdepartmental cooperation not only within Clay County, but also with law enforcement agencies throughout the Wabash Valley.