Austin man arrested after stabbing incident

A 19-year-old Scott County man faces a preliminary Level 3 felony charge of aggravated battery after stabbing his sister’s boyfriend twice Thursday at a home in the Crothersville area, police report.

Nicholas A. Couch of Austin also faces a Level 5 felony charge of battery with a weapon causing serious injury; a Level 6 felony charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon; and 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., according to a news release from the department.

Police were called to the residence in the 8400 block of South County Road 850E. When they arrived, officers were told a woman had taken her boyfriend, who had been stabbed, to Scott Memorial Health in Scottsburg. That man was later airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital but has since been released.

During the investigation, Officer Zach Elliott and Crothersville Officer John Amis found that the man who was stabbed and Couch lived on the same property and the two had argued over text messages the man had sent Couch’s mother, police said.

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

Couch was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 1:04 a.m. Friday and was being held without bond pending his initial court appearance.

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