Harker Heights: Man attacked with knife, wine bottle, burned on stove

Josh Nichols is held on bonds totaling $110,000 in connection with the attack. (Jail photo)
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HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas man remained behind bars Monday charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police say he randomly attacked a man using a knife, wine bottle and stove top.

Josh Nichols is held on bonds totaling $110,000.

Harker Heights officers were sent at around 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 19 to a home in the 1600 block of Yuma Trail where they found the victim sitting on a chair in the front porch bleeding from multiple cuts to his face and body, according to an arrest affidavit.

“One of the lacerations was a large opening across the left side of the victim’s face which was from his ear to his mouth,” the affidavit says.
The officers asked the victim what happened and he replied that “’Josh’ did that to him,” the affidavit said.

The victim was able to tell officers he was in the home with the suspect, “and the residence belonged to Josh’s brother, who was not there at the time. The victim stated that Josh became upset and started assaulting the victim with a knife, wine bottle and also burned the victim’s arm on the stove.”

The victim said he tried to get away and sought refuge in a bathroom, but the suspect kicked in the door.

The victim was ultimately airlifted to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators obtained a search warrant, the court document stated, and “a knife was recovered in the residence. During the search of the residence a wallet with the Texas driver’s license of the suspect Josh Nichols was located and a plastic identification card with a company logo state ‘Josh’” on it was found.

A witness was also located who told police “he saw the victim and the suspect together before the assault,” the affidavit said.

The victim also told police the suspect fled in his car.