Craig McPherson

Craig McPherson

A man who is accused of attacking another carnival worker with a hatchet during the 2017 Gateway to the West Days is in custody.

Craig D. McPherson, 57, was booked into the Washington County Jail on Nov. 8. His bond is set at $250,000 or 10 percent. A warrant was issued for his arrest June 8, 2017.

McPherson is charged with use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class 2 felony; and second-degree assault, a Class 2A felony.

According to an affidavit for an arrest warrant, police responded to a disturbance at the Hardy RV Park in the 1900 block of Nebraska Street at 11:48 p.m. June 6, 2017.

Officers found Robert Dowling, 41, of Arkansas on the ground and bleeding. Dowling had a large laceration to the left side of his face and a cut to his left hand.

Dowling, who was “heavily intoxicated” and initially uncooperative, told officers he was assaulted by McPherson, who had just arrived for the carnival. Dowling said they were fighting because McPherson owed him $5.

During the fight, McPherson, who was also believed to be intoxicated, grabbed a hatchet and struck Dowling's face. Dowling told officers McPherson was trying to “guillotine” him.

Dowling was transported by Blair Rescue to Memorial Community Hospital & Health System, where he was treated and released.

McPherson fled the area after the assault. Officers searched his living quarters, but didn't find a hatchet.

A criminal history search showed McPherson has previously been arrested for aggravated arson, domestic violence, rape, protection order violation and theft, according to the affidavit.

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