A knife-involved fight between occupants inside a vehicle Sunday led to the arrest and formal charges filed against a local man.

Thomas E. Wright, 22, of Atchison, remained confined as of Tuesday at the Atchison County Jail on a $20,000 bond amount. Wright faces one count of felony aggravated battery and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery.

Wright heard charges announced Monday in Atchison County District Court. J. David Farris was appointed to serve as defense counsel for Wright whose next court date is scheduled for the 9 a.m. criminal docket on Friday, April 26.

Atchison police officers took Wright into custody after they responded to a disturbance call dispatched about 8 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 21, in the 1100 block of North Fifth Street, said Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson. A witness in the area called police after three people, two men and a woman, appeared to be involved in a physical altercation inside a car stopped along the street.

Police arrived to see Wright as he held a knife, Wilson said. A 31-year-old male had suffered a knife inflicted cut on his hand that police allege was inflicted after Wright threatened him. Wilson said that after the threat was uttered, the male victim grabbed the knife and sustained injury. EMS responders examined the male victim at the crime scene, but he was not transported to a hospital.

Police also arrested Wright after it was alleged he struck a 21-year-old woman who was also present inside the stopped vehicle, Wilson said. The woman escaped injury. In addition to domestic battery, police arrested Wright for aggravated assault.

Atchison County Attorney Sherri Becker has announced that she has filed the aggravated battery as a Level 7 person felony. Felonies are classified according to statutory guidelines that categorize a Level 10 as the lowest severity rating and a Level 1 as the most severe.

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