Three arrested in connection with Hannibal stabbing

Lauren Sinclair, 21
Posted: Jun. 9, 2014 3:03 pm Updated: Jun. 30, 2014 3:13 pm
Zachary Kuntz, 24

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Three people have been arrested and charged with assault in connection with a stabbing that allegedly occurred in Huckleberry Park.

According to a press release from the Hannibal Police Department, a 21-year-old New London man and a 22-year-old New London man traveled to the park to meet with another person and were assaulted by a group of people around midnight on Saturday morning. Both New London men were stabbed. Both were treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Deputies with the Pike County (Mo.) Sheriff's Department located a truck that the suspects fled in at 121 Church in Eolia. Deputies and troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol approached the residence.

Zachary Kuntz, 24, of Eolia, tried to flee the residence through the back door. A sheriff's deputy displayed a stun gun and Kuntz immediately stopped. While the police were taking Kuntz into custody, Aaron Weatherby, 18, of Vandalia, approached the deputies and troopers and was being uncooperative. Weatherby also was taken into custody. Lauren Sinclair, 21, of Hannibal, was arrested inside the residence.

Police obtained a search warrant for the truck and located evidence related to the stabbing. Sinclair, Weatherby and Kuntz were all charged with two counts of second-degree assault. Second-degree assault is a Class C felony punishable to up to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Kuntz also was charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. Bond for all three was set at $100,000. All are being lodged in the Marion County Jail.

Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte said two additional search warrants were obtained for residences as a result of the stabbing investigation. Residences at 121 Church and 125 Church in Eolia were searched. Sheriff's deputies, state troopers and members of the East Central Missouri Drug Task Force seized multiple suspected clandestine methamphetamine labs, illegal weapons and other contraband. Korte said charges will be sought in Pike County for these crimes.

Aaron Weatherby, 18