An altercation at a Monroe City New Year's Eve party left one man in the hospital with what police described as a severe stab wound and another man behind bars.
Nathaniel Beauchamp, 20, is charged with first-degree assault, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stem from the incident that occurred shortly after midnight at a home in the 500 block of North Oak Street in Monroe City.
Beauchamp told police that he was being intimidated by at least 20 men when he stabbed Brandon Wyatt of Hannibal. Wyatt is in stable condition at an undisclosed area hospital.
Police were called to the home about 12:15 a.m.
Wyatt had a severe stab wound to the left side of his abdomen. His condition wasn't immediately available as of Wednesday afternoon.
Officer John Albright interviewed several witnesses at the scene who said the man who stabbed Wyatt left with a friend in a white four-door Chrysler.
A deputy from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office stopped a vehicle matching that description about 15 minutes later.
Beauchamp had blood on his hands and his shirt, according to the police report.
Albright interviewed Beauchamp who said that 20 men tried to jump him so he pulled out a pocket knife for protection. He said that one man attacked him so he stabbed him.
??On the way back to the police department, Beauchamp began to yell racial slurs and tell me it was wrong I was taking him into custody and not doing anything to the black people at the party,?? Albright said in his probable cause statement. ????After arriving at the Police Department, Beauchamp changed his story and then told me the black people at the party were armed with guns.??
Two passengers in the same vehicle as Beauchamp said that he was only out of the vehicle for a few seconds before he got back in and told them, ??I got blood on my hands, this is crazy I think I stabbed someone,?? according to the report.
Albright said that Beauchamp remained belligerent throughout the booking process.
??He also made the comment, 'I should get a medal for stabbing that (racial epitaph deleted),?? Albright's statement says.
Beauchamp has a previous conviction for unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held at the Monroe County Jail on a $50,000 bond.