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August 14, 2012

Two face charges from weekend knifings

TERRE HAUTE — Two people face criminal charges after a three-person confrontation that resulting in knife wounds to all three people on Saturday.

Deanna Cottee, 24, and Montez Ellington, 23, both appeared in Vigo Superior Court 3 on Monday where Judge David Bolk found probable cause for their arrest on charges of battery causing serious bodily injury.

Detective Brad Rumsey of the Terre Haute Police Department stated in court that the incident occurred in the 2300 block of Second Avenue when Cottee and Ellington were walking to a relative’s house. He said the couple encountered a man driving a golf cart and an argument began.

Witnesses told police that Cottee pushed the man and damaged his golf cart. Witnesses said Ellington also battered the man, who sustained a stab wound in his leg that required stitches.

At one point, the man in the golf cart pulled out a pocket knife and began slashing at Cottee and Ellington, Rumsey said. Ellington retrieved an aluminum baseball bat from a car, but fled the scene as police sirens were heard approaching.

Cottee allegedly shoved a woman who tried to conceal a knife that had fallen to the ground. The woman had placed her foot on the knife, which allegedly belonged to Ellington.

Cottee and Ellington also received knife injuries that required stitches, Rumsey said. They were both arrested and lodged in the Vigo County Jail.

Bolk set Cottee’s bail at $25,000 with no 10 percent allowed, and Ellington’s bail at $35,000 with no 10 percent allowed. The couple are to return to court Thursday for filing of formal charges.

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