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Man allegedly attacked step-father with knife during snake hallucination

Jeff Bobo • Apr 11, 2018 at 8:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who had been wanted since February for allegedly attacking his step-father and step-brother with a knife during an apparent hallucinatory episode involving snakes was arraigned Monday on felony assault charges.

Tony Curtis Cupp, 38, 259 Byrd Creek Road, Eidson, was arrested on an outstanding aggravated assault warrant Saturday morning at a residence in Bean Station.

Hen had been wanted by the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office since Feb. 13, when Deputy Jamie Smith was dispatched to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence on Kyle Valley Road in the Eidson community far north of Rogersville.

Rickie Maness, who resides at that address, stated that Cupp, who is his step-son, began screaming that snakes were coming out of his coat.

"Mr. Maness stated that when he went to help him, Mr. Cupp hit him in the face," Smith stated in his report. "Maness stated that Cupp hit him several times in the face."

Cupp's step-brother Daniel Maness told Smith that when he entered the room he observed Cupp hitting his father.

Daniel Maness stated that when he went to help his father, Cupp hit him in the head and started choking him.

When Rickie Maness went to help his son, Cupp allegedly cut him with a knife.

Cupp had fled the residence by the time Smith arrived.

Smith stated that he observed marks on both Rickie and Daniel Maness.

Cupp was charged with two counts of aggravated assault. He also has charges still pending from a Nov. 17, 2017, arrest including driving on a revoked license, following too closely, expired registration and improper display of registration.

As of Tuesday, he was being held without bond on a parole violation warrant stemming from a previous drug conviction in Hancock County Criminal Court.

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