Austin man arrested after stabbing incident

A 19-year-old Scott County man faces a Level 3 felony charge of aggravated battery after police said he stabbed his sister’s boyfriend twice.

Nicholas A. Couch of Austin also faces a preliminary Level 5 felony charge of battery with a weapon causing serious injury and a Level 6 felony charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon after an incident reported to police late Thursday.

He also faces a Class B misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

Couch’s arrest stems from an incident reported to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department around 10:45 p.m. Thursday.

Police were called to the 8400 block of South County Road 850E, and when officers arrived, a woman had taken her boyfriend, who had been stabbed, to Scott Memorial Health in Scottsburg. The man was later airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital, where he survived his injuries and was released.

Deputy Zach Elliott and Crothersville Officer John Amis responded to the scene and found  that Couch and the man lived on the same property. The two had argued over text messages the man had sent Couch’s mother, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The two eventually argued face to face before a physical altercation broke out. One witness said Couch was kicked in the face after the two went to the ground.

Couch eventually pulled a hunting-style knife and stabbed the man twice in the back. Witnesses separated the two men.

Couch was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 1:04 a.m. Friday without bond.

A Level 3 felony is punishable between three and 16 years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is nine years.