PETTIS COUNTY, Mo. — A Sedalia man faces two felony charges after he allegedly stabbed someone with a knife.
According to a probable cause statement from the Pettis County Circuit Court, Benjamin Hinsberger, 30, stabbed a neighbor after the two had a verbal altercation at Hinsberger’s residence.
The probable cause statement alleges that the victim heard a disturbance taking place at Hinsberger’s residence on July 13, 2017 and went over to intervene. When he arrived, he was confronted by Hinsberger who the victim says “made a quick motion towards him.” The victim states that Hinsberger stated “you better get out of here or I’ll stab you again,” and then walked away. As he was walking away, the victim observed a brown-handled knife, a little longer than a pocket knife, in Hinsberger’s right hand. It was also at this time that the victim realized he was bleeding.
The probable cause statement alleges that after the victim positively identified Hinsberger in a photo lineup, law enforcement officers attempted to make contact with Hinsberger at his home, but no one answered. As the officers were leaving the property, they discovered Hinsberger’s truck at a different lot, where they made contact with him. Hinsberger was placed under arrest for assault in the first degree and transported to Pettis County Jail.
The probable cause statement goes on to say that after the arrest, officers returned to Hinsberger’s residence and made contact with Hinsberger’s girlfriend, who confirmed that her and Hinsberger had been in an argument on the night of July 13. When pressed about the knife, Hinsberger’s girlfriend said that the knife had been broke some time ago and she had not seen it since. When officers requested to search the residence, the girlfriend declined, so officers obtained a search warrant.
In an interview with law enforcement officers, Hinsberger said that the victim had come to his resident and threatened to come inside. Hinsberger stated that he told the victim to get off his property. He maintained that it was all verbal and nothing physical. The probable cause statement says that during the interview, Hinsberger seemed more concerned about his drug paraphernalia inside his residence. Hinsberger also stated that he took the knife in question to his father’s house, who then gave it away.
Following the search of Hinsberger’s residence, police talked to Hinsberger’s father, who said Hinsberger had brought the night over but had never given him the knife.
After reviewing his criminal history, officers advised Hinsberger that Hinsberger had plead guilty to all charges that his criminal record showed. No further evidence or witnesses have been located at this time.
He faces a class D felony for assault in the second degree and felonious armed criminal action. He is currently being held at the Pettis County Jail on a $75,000 cash or surety bond with special conditions. He had a hearing on Tuesday, July 18, in the Pettis County Circuit Court. No further information is available at this time.